Taking the Sunday late-inning bullpen meltdown and putting it to the side, the St. Louis Cardinals are establishing themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the NL Central.
The Cardinals pitching, more specifically, the starting pitching, has been lights out this last week. Until the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Brewers, the Cardinals pitching staff hadn't allowed a run in 39 consecutive innings.
It's those types of stretches that instill confidence in a pitching staff going forward into a long season.
The offense has been coming along nicely as well, led by burly slugger Matt Adams. Adams finished Sunday with a three-game home run streak, and he is just mashing the ball when he gets an opportunity to bat.
It was a great week for Cardinal baseball and hopefully, has provided an early look into what this team could be at the end of the season.
Here are three early signs the Cardinals will win the NL Central.