May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a two run triple in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
(KSDK Sports) -- With all the problems they've been enduring regarding their bullpen issues, the Cardinals are a streaking, and in a good way.
The Cardinals are starting to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the National League Central with the help of their current five game win streak.
The month of April was all about the starting pitching. The rotation of Adam Wainwright, Jamie Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook and Shelby Miller finished on first in ERA (3.15) in the National League, and second overall in the MLB.
Conversely, the Cardinals bullpen was horrendous, finally culminating in the demotion of two stalwarts, Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs, yet some how the Cards resilience and depth began to show, and the Cardinals began May at the top of he division, and the reasons have become more than just the strength of their starters. The bats are back.
Saturday's offensive eruption is good example of what has been happening lately. Starter Adam Wainwright didn't have his best stuff with five runs allowed on eleven hits in 5.1 innings. Fotunately the pen was rock solid and the bats were even better with ten hits and a pair of base on balls. Jon Jay homered and drove in four, while Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso smacked solo homers.
Perhaps more importantly, it appears both Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran are starting to heat up. Holliday is starting to look more comfortable at the plate, and put together a three hit day on Friday, but the Cards need more. Beltran's power has returned. In his last 10 games, Beltran has slugged four home runs.
Today, St. Louis hands the ball to left hander Jaime Garcia looking to pitch his team to a road sweep of Milwaukee. Garcia might be the man for the job if he can duplicate his 2-1 win over Cincinnati with one run allowed on seven hits in eight innings.