With the division-leading Chicago Cubs out to such a hot start, the St. Louis Cardinals need to win as much as possible to stay in contention in the tough NL Central.
That said, starter Todd Wellemeyer needed to keep winning games as well, to be considered for the All-Star Game in mid-July.
Although he was strong in his last appearance, Wellemeyer struggled mightily Tuesday night, giving up six runs in five laboring innings, not to mention surrendering twelve hits, including allowing five of the first six Mets players to reach base. His command was simply not there tonight, and when it was, the Mets still found ways to find the gaps. This 7-4 loss is especially unfortunate, because the Cardinals looked as though they could have a huge inning early. Wellemeyer was barely able to get out of the fifth inning, and gave up a monster shot to Mets third baseman David Wright. To add to the tough game, it now puts a serious dent in his chances to make the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. With a 7-3 record and a 3.86 ERA, Wellemeyer probably doesn't have the statline to get a nod from Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. That is, however, the least of his concerns. After pitching a decent five innings just five days ago, he looked tired and labored a fair amount while tossing 98 pitches Tuesday. He gave up four doubles, which means that his pitch location was definitely not where catcher Yadier Molina had wished. The fourth and fifth innings are really where Wellemeyer started to lose pace off of his pitches. He gave up two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth inning, before being replaced by middle reliever Brad Thompson. This was a bonafide chance for the Cardinals to continue their momentum of winning three games in a row, but that was abruptly halted by Wellemeyer's poor outing. The Cardinals now must hope that the Cubs lose to stay a solid 2.5 games out in the race for the top spot in the Central division.