The Cardinals entered the All-Star break with a 44-46 record. With 72 games left to play the first opponent after the break, the San Francisco Giants. A team they took two out of three from right before the break. After the Cardinals left the city by the bay, they split a weather-shortened series with the Cubs 1 game apiece. The Giants went on a 3 game winning streak against Washington. Two teams with different mindsets, The Giants, keep distance between themselves and the Dodgers. The Cardinals climb past three teams to take the top spot in the Central Division.
Right before the All-star break, it did seem as if the Cardinals were starting to heat up.
Harrison Bader - since coming off the IL on July first, Before the All-Star break, he hit safely in 7 out of 9 games with a pair of Home Runs and seven RBIs.
Paul Goldschmidt - went into the break with a 10 game hitting streak hitting .400 (16-40) and 5 multi-hit games in that stretch.
Paul DeJong - had a modest 3 game hitting streak, going 4-9 with 2 home runs.
Ryan Helsley - has only allowed ONE run in his last 12 games going into the break. He also has only allowed 4 of 23 inherited runners to score.
Kwang Hyun Kim - has pitch 13 consecutive scoreless innings in two games opponents are scoreless in his last 15 innings. . He also has three wins in a row for the first time this season.
Adam Wainwright -has gone 6 innings or more in 6 of his last 7 starts.
So what happened after the break? Quite frankly, they picked up where they left off—hosting the Giants for a three-game weekend series. St Louis set up the rotation with Wainwright, Kim, and LeBlanc. While not a lot of runs, they would get some outstanding pitching. And a much-needed series win.
Game 1 July 16 vs. San Francisco Giants 7 - Cardinals 2
The Cardinals banged out 11 hits. Paul DeJong went 3-4, Harrison Bader went 2-3 with a walk, but they only managed to push two runs across the plate. They stranded 13 runners, including the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh. They left a runner on base in every inning but the first and ninth.
Adam Wainwright allowed only two hits in the first four innings, a second-inning Single, and a fourth-inning home run. The Giants touched him for three runs in the fifth and never looked back. New bullpen pick-ups Luis Garcia and TJ McFarland allowed 3 runs in the seventh.
The Giants pulled ahead in the fourth on a Mike Yastrzemski home run. The Redbirds came back to tie the game on a Tommy Edman 2 out RBI single.
The Giants scored three in the fifth on a LaMonte Wade home run, giving them all the runs they would need pulling ahead 4-1.