Due to adjusting to some changes going on in my personal life, new life-forming habits, and my little baby sister graduating high school and beginning her first year of college, it has been a hectic -- as well as emotional last couple of weeks -- but one thing that also hasn't changed is waking up every morning with the Red Birds still continuing this amazing run and remaining not only in first in the Central division, but also in all of baseball as well.
The Cardinals have the third most runs scored in all of baseball with 317, the second best batting average at .276, the third best on base percentage at .338 and are 12th in slugging percentage at .409 -- not to mention an awful lot of magic with the pitching staff as well.
The pitching remains the number one reason tor Adam Wainwright and his squad having the best overall record in baseball as they are first in earned-run average at 3.19, fourth with 40 quality starts, fourth in WHIP at 1.20 and twelvth in batting average against at .248.
There has been an awful lot of ups and downs so far, even through 61 games through this season, General Manager John Mozeliak and Matheny have helped battle through a lot of injuries -- but it still hasn't held them back from the fact that they have the best record in baseball even with a pitching staff full of rookies that are playing big roles, with veterans sitting on the disabled list.
They have the youngest pitching staff in all of Major League Baseball as rookies such as Tyler Lyons, Kevin Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal, Keith Butler, Seth Maness, and sensational pitcher Michael Wacha. They all have taken roles over the injured pitchers in starters' Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, Chris Carpenter, Fernando Salas, fellow rookie' John Gast, and Jason Motte -- who was the teams starter closer for the past two seasons.
The potential that this team has, especially considering the injured unit the team has waiting in the wing to play more or just get back onto the field once they're healthy, only time will tell. They have a pitching staff that has and can do serious damage, including a closer in Edward Mujica who has saved all 18 of his opportunities successfully. Also, with the best hitter batting-average wise, Yadier Molina, the offense is just as -- if not scarier as the rest of this team.
Despite the fact we are still just one-third of our way through this season, the team has a lot of work to do. If you're apart of 'Cardinal Nation' though -- or just a baseball fan in general, you would know that nothing can be discounted from St. Louis and that this team reakky has no ceiling, and the sky truly is the limit.
Following not updating since the 50th game of the season in which the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium by a score of 4 to 1, here is a list of the rest of the games that team manager Mike Matheny and his squad has played;