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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 10:59 am, Fri Jun 27, 2014.

A stellar pitching performance is wasted.

Runners on base are stranded due to a lack of clutch hitting.

Matt Carpenter watches strike three go right past and Matt Holliday hits into a double play.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen these things happen way too many times when watching the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

Despite a few nice wins in the last week or so, it’s been frustrating to watch the Cardinals thus far.

I’m sure many of you would agree with that assessment. Simply put, the season hasn’t gone as planned just yet. And at times, this year’s team just hasn’t been very fun to watch.

The Cards don’t look anything like a team that was regarded as a favorite to get back to the World Series.

And now we get the news that Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia are both going on the disabled list. The disappointing news came just when it looked like the Cardinals were starting to come around a bit.

Pitching hasn’t been the issue.

In fact, the team’s pitching staff has been stellar all season. Last week the starting pitching staff still had a combined ERA of around 3.00. That’s the best this late in the season for the franchise since the 1960s. The pitching staff went six-straight games allowing two runs or less. They also have four complete games. With that, the team’s pitching staff has been carrying the team thus far. Of course, Adam Wainwright has been amazing.

More help is on the way when Joe Kelly returns to the rotation. Now, additional help will be needed to replace Wacha and Garcia.

While the team’s pitching has been great, the team’s offense has struggled for large parts of the season. That’s been the most frustrating thing to watch. I don’t know how many games I’ve watched and the Cards have only put up one or two runs. They’re not giving their pitchers much run support.

They’ll have singles here and there — and that’s it. The extra-base hits are way down from recent years and the Cards just aren’t getting it done with runners in scoring position. They’re not getting the clutch hits this year. It’s been hard to figure out.

Recently, the middle of the lineup has been a bit more productive, especially Matt Adams. The bats have gotten hotter and the Cards ended their recent homestand with a couple of nice wins over the Phillies.

Hopefully, better things are ahead.

Like many of you, I’ve been a diehard Cardinal fan for as long as I can remember. I’m a loyal fan, whether they’re winning or losing.

But I admit this year’s team has been frustrating to follow.

Let’s hope better things are coming in the months ahead.

The postseason has become a regular occurrence for the Cards and their fans. What will we do this year if they’re not playing in October?

On the other side of the state, the Kansas City Royals just had a 10-game winning streak. Yes, you read that correctly. The Royals won 10-straight games. That’s the best streak their franchise has had since 1994.

We’ll see if the Royals can continue to play good baseball. I’m not sold just yet. Like Chicago Cubs fans, Kansas City fans always seem to be saying, “Wait until next year.”

Is this finally their year? Will the Royals make the playoffs this year, ending a long drought? We’ll see.

I know one thing’s for sure. If the Royals make the playoffs and the Cardinals don’t, Kansas City fans are going to be doing a lot of trash talking.

Only time will tell. Hopefully the Cards will break out of their funk soon with a hot streak.

And when that happens, my frustration will finally end, too.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games