Feast then famine. The Cardinals season been a roller coaster ride.

If you have ever ridden the Screaming Eagle at Six Flags in St Louis, then you can relate to the season the Cardinals have had, and nothing has exemplified this more than this past week. Start with an outstanding series vs. the Reds to follow it up with blowing a series vs. the Brewers. Here is how it went down.

Game 1, August 30 @ Cincinnati, Cardinals 3 Reds 1

The Cardinals entered play 3.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card slot. They sent Jon Lester to the mound to find improvement after the 2-2 start to their road trip. Lester would pitch strong six innings, and the Cards would give him enough offensive support to get the win.

Jon Lester via Fansided

Lester would go 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit. He walked two and struck out five to get his fifth win. He was followed to the mound by; TJ. McFarland 1 1/3 innings, giving no runs on one hit, striking out one, Louis Garcia for 1/3 of an inning Giovanny Gallegos would wrap up the game, going one inning striking out one for his third save.

The Cardinals only managed eight hits producing three runs grabbing the lead in the first, and never letting go of it.

Paul Goldschmidt via Jeff Roberson-AP

Paul Goldschmidt drove a home run to Right Field in the first inning with a man on first.

Kyle Farmer would lead off the Reds second inning with a home run.

Tyler O'Neill would drive home a run on a fielder's choice. In the eighth, the Reds would threaten with two outs when Johnathan India reached an error by Nolan Arenado. Garcia would get a fly-out to end the inning.

-The win started the week off right at 1-0 and gave them a 67-63 overall mark.

Garcia - His scoreless streak has reached 19 1/3 innings in that time, spanning 16 games opponents are hitting .134/.171/.179

Goldschmidt - In August 26 games .350/.402/.602 9 doubles 5 home runs 24 RBIs.

McFarland did not allow a run the entire month of August 15 games 15 1/3 innings opponents hitting .189/.232/.245

Wainwright - The month of August 6 games 5-1 with a 1.43 ERA, a 6-1 Strikeout to Walk ratio, a 0.795 WHIP