>Ironic how I stopped doing the series reviews for just a little while and suddenly, the Cardinals lost their first series, and then drop a couple more.  Vacation was good, and coming back has been really busy, so this is the first real chance I’ve had to get caught up on things.

Philadelphia, 5/4-5/5
This series did not go so well for the Cards.  In fact, they lost both games of this two game series.  It was their first series defeat of the season, losing 1-6 and 7-10.  It was an omen of the things to come over the next several days.  Cardinals record: 0-2 (5-1-1 series).
Pittsburgh, 5/6-5/7
In a total turn-around from the Philly series, the Cardinals came out playing solid and took both games of this short set, with 4-2 and 5-2 victories.  Cardinals record: 2-0 (6-1-1)
@ Cincinnati, 5/8-5/10
First trip to Great American Ballpark of the season, and not such a good result.  They acted like they wanted to get into the first two games of the series, but never really got it going.  Then, they tried to give away the final game.  Going into the ninth, Franklin gave up his first two runs of the season.  Both on solo shots – but one to a pinch-hitting pitcher.  They came back and won it in the 10th.  Two losses: 4-6 and 3-8; victory: 8-7.  Cardinals record: 1-2 (6-2-1)
@ Pittsburgh, 5/12-5/14
There are some things that just shouldn’t happen in baseball.  One of those things is the Cardinals losing a series to the Pirates.  It’d be one thing if they were close losses, but really, they weren’t.  The one exception would be Game 2 of this series, in which the Cardinals did have the tying run at the plate in the 9th inning; however, they trailed by 4 going into the 9th.  The first two games: 1-7 and 2-5; final game: 5-1.  Cardinals record 1-2 (6-3-1)
This has all led from the Cardinals having a relatively firm grasp on first place in the division to them suddenly in a logjam atop the Central.  Going into Friday’s postponed game against the Brewers, the Cardinals were tied with the Brew Crew at 21-14, and the Cubs and Reds were sitting 1/2 game back at 20-14.  Of the now 9 teams in baseball with 20+ wins, 4 are in the NL Central.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.