>I’ve got three series to catch up on since the last update.

Kansas City, 5/22-5/24
The Cardinals continued an incredible streak of pitching with this series.  They came in having allowed only 2 runs in 3 games to the Cubs, which, following a 3 game sweep in Milwaukee, they really needed.  They continued their torrid pitching with consecutive 5-0 shut-outs in the first game of the series.  In the third game of the series, they still had solid pitching, but couldn’t score, as the Royals outlasted the Redbirds 2-3.  Overall, it’s another series win, and we’ll take that any day of the week.
Cardinals record: 2-1 (7-4-1 series)
@Milwaukee, 5/25-5/27
After getting swept by the Brewers last time they met in St. Louis, the Cardinals dropped three games out of first place.  However, after going 5-1 against the Cubs and Royals, the Cards started this series tied again with the Brewers.  Game 1 was another difficult loss – 0-1 in extras.  Carpenter pitched a phenomenal game, taking a perfecto into the 7th inning, but, unfortunately was saddled with a no-decision.  However, the offense finally decided to wake up again, outscoring the Brewers 8-1 in the second game and winning a close one, 3-2, to take the series.
Cardinals record: 2-1 (8-4-1 series)
@San Francisco
The way the pitching staff has been going, you had to feel good about this series, knowing that the Giants are in worse shape offensively than the Cardinals have been.  However, that was not the case.  All three were pretty good games, and the Cardinals were never really out of them, but they walked away having dropped the first and final game of the series, 2-4 and 3-5.  They did manage to sandwich a win on Saturday with a big day from El Hombre with 2 dingers, resulting in a 6-2 victory.
Cardinals record: 1-2 (8-5-1 series)

Stay tuned for the next couple of series.  The Cards have an eight game homestand, with the Reds and Rockies each coming in for four games.