The St. Louis Cardinals mid-June road trip has drawn to a close and suspicions as to how bad this team is have now been confirmed. After the Cards dropped a series to the Baltimore Orioles, they were able to take a series from Philadelphia. The cratering Cardinals, took two extra inning wins away from the Phillies but were unable to close out the sweep in the third game losing 5-1. With St. Louis dropping three games on this road trip they have lost pace with the Chicago Cubs. The Cards are now five back while the Cubs have maintained second place. The Cardinals have officially slipped. The closest team to the Cardinals is their upcoming opponent the Pittsburgh Pirates with only one game separating
The Houston Astros' fine MLB season continued as they reached 50 wins, while the Arizona Diamondbacks also claimed a victory. Marwin Gonzalez, Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick each homered as the Astros beat Oakland 12-9 to sweep the Athletics and reach
The Baltimore Orioles' pitching has been so horrific in June, they tied a dubious mark for ineptitude that has stood for almost a century, while the Washington Nationals and the Kansas City Royals both claimed walk-off victories. On Friday, Baltimore's hurlers gave up 11 hits, allowed eight walks and three home runs in a 15-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled mightily, yielding nine earned runs before getting the hook in less than three innings.