After falling victim to their first sweep of the season at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals hope to turn things around this week against the Chicago Cubs, a team they've found success against in recent years.
In less than a week the Cards have seen themselves drop four straight games. In that span the Redbirds have given up 29 runs.
That sounds more like a total for an entire month's work.
Lance Lynn, the major's first six-game winner and owner of a previously perfect record, failed to hold off the Braves. Lynn's loss was the final nail in the coffin that was to be the sweep of the Cardinals.
Tuesday afternoon action sees Kyle Lohse face off against Chicago's Paul Maholm. Lohse is the last Cardinals starting pitcher to win a game. That victory on May 9th in Arizona feels like an eternity ago to Cards fans.
So, as we all collectively knock on wood and pray Lohse is able to turn things around, you have to wonder what will happen after Tuesday's game.
Overreaction and panicking is never a good thing, but it might be time to consider making a change to the rotation, perhaps by adding an extra arm.
While it might not necessarily be a good idea to move Adam Wainwright to the bullpen, management seriously needs to consider their options.
With a lot of rust to still knock off, Wainwright has been the worst St. Louis pitcher this season. Giving up a greater number of earned runs, home runs, and having a higher ERA than any other starter is definitely a concern.
Although it is far too early in the season to count anybody out of the playoff race, no general manager in their right mind is going to site idly by and not scout the basement dwellers.