What’s wrong with the Cardinals? The question has frustrated the players, confounded GM John Mozeliak and left manager Mike Matheny scrambling to freshen his supply of useful clichés.
Meanwhile, the collective anguish among Cardinals fans has puzzled outsiders. They see a team struggling for consistency, which hardly qualifies as a crisis in early June. The Cardinals are 31-29 after winning Wednesday in Kansas City. The flirtation with .500 may be unsettling, but it isn’t unusual.
The 2011 Cardinals were 67-63 and all but counted out on Aug. 24 before rallying to save the season and win the World Series. The 2012 Cardinals were 46-43 on July 15, then charged to make it to Game 7 of the NL championship series.