Sunday Summary: Cardinals' Offense Struggles, Drop Cubs Series

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IJuly 6, 2008

Alright guys, I've been doing the Sunday Summary for a couple months now, and I'm getting tired of looking up stats for the week and categorizing players into the good and the bad, etc. It's not about me getting lazy, I just find that rarely do players have weeks that fall into such simple categories.

I'm going to switch it up this week and just make notes of important events from the previous week, while continuing my "What to Watch For" section for the upcoming week. Let me know what you think as far as the changes are concerned.

-Ever since July began the Cardinals offense has sucked big time. The team has scored 20 runs in six games, good for a 3.33 runs a game, aka not good at all. They'll need to elevate their game, because with a healthy Albert in the lineup, there's no excuse. It's especially important for them to start hitting, because...

-The rotation has sucked too, minus Lohse, who turned in another great two starts this week. Without Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals really have lacked a true stopper in the rotation, so Lohse has been a breath of fresh air. If they can hold it together during this road trip, then hopefully they'll get their ace back soon.

-Rick Ankiel is still a stud. Some people (Ben Weixlmann, I'll looking at you) were worried about this guy, but you have to understand how young he is from an OF perspective. Since he was called up last August, he's leading the team in HR and RBI, and he's only getting better. He hit another two dingers this week, and raised his average to almost .270.

-Week's Summary: All in all, this week was pretty subpar. The split with the Mets was disappointing and dropping the Cubs series was also frustrating. The offense isn't producing right now and the rotation misses Wainwright, but all that said, the Birds are still tied with Milwaukee at 3.5 games back, and the lead for the Wild Card.

-Look forward to: Monday, when the Cards find out the fate of Matt Clement. He's pitched four scoreless outings in relief at Triple-A, and the club will find out Monday morning if he made it through waivers.

On Wednesday, the Redbirds will start Mark Mulder against the Philadelphia Phillies. I don't anticipate this one to be pretty. The Phils are loaded with powerful hitters and Mulder hasn't given me any reason (yet) to believe he can go on the road and pitch well.

I predict the Birds to go .500 on this East Coast trip, hopefully maintaining a lead over the Brewers and not losing any more ground on the Cubs. If the offense can start producing and giving the pitchers some relief, I think a more relaxed rotation will pitch better.