Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday night that he still believed in his underachieving club, which started the day at 19-20. But he added a caveat.
“Having a belief in it is far different than actually getting it done,” said Mozeliak. “It’s still early in the season where we can’t hit the panic button, but you’ve got to see the trend line changing.
“Last night (the Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs 17-5 on Monday) was a very disappointing loss. Frankly, embarrassing in how it unfolded, and we have to do a better job than that.
“I think everybody’s accountable for that.”
Asked if he thought the Cardinals’ record was a fair barometer, Mozeliak said, “I think the record reflects how we play, certainly. We’ve lost a handful of one-run games or close games. The blowouts have been outliers. The fact you’re not winning baseball games is concerning.”
Manager Mike Matheny said he thought the Cardinals were actually lucky to be where they were.
“I think our record might be a little better than what the product looks like,” said Matheny. “We’re fortunate to be where we are record-wise with how we’ve played. I think the guys would agree with that. Everybody’s going home and racking their brain and spending more time than we ought to trying to figure out what’s missing to make it happen.”
Matheny had talked before Monday’s game how a one-run escape in Pittsburgh the night before might provide a springboard. After the resultant drubbing, he was asked if such a loss could be the same type of momentum boost. Matheny would have none of it.
“I think I’ve just talked too much about that nonsense,” he said. ‘I keep saying, ‘This is the one, this is the one.’ I’m done with that, it’s just a bunch of hot air. If I were a listener, I’d be tired of hearing it, I’m tired of saying it.
"We’ve just got to do it, that’s all there is to it.”