The St. Louis Cardinals have been up and down to start the 2021 MLB season. The team has gone on both a four-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak within their first 12 games, leading to a 6-6 record. The Cardinals are now third in the NL Central, one game back of first place.
Because of their inconsistency, the Cardinals took a notable drop in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings. They're currently ranked No. 16, falling three spots from last week's position (No. 13).
To add insult to injury, two NL Central times wound up passing the Cardinals in the power rankings. The Milwaukee Brewers (7-5) moved up one spot to No. 15 while the Cincinnati Reds (7-5) made an impressive jump from No. 19 to No. 13.
The fact of the matter is that the Cardinals are giving up too many runs per game. Opponents are averaging 5.25 runs against St. Louis, which is the seventh-highest mark in the league. John Gant is the only Cardinals starting pitcher to have an ERA below 4.00, which goes to show that the team will need its starters to play better if they want to have a chance at winning the World Series.
Speaking of which, the Cardinals have +2500 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If they want those odds to improve, the Cardinals will need better pitching performances going forward.
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