Matt Carpenter congratulates his St. Louis Cardinals teammate Tommy Pham.

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Mike Shannon On Cardinals Offense: 'Patience Pays Off In This Business'

The Cardinals have played game No. 35 of 162 – it's a long season. 

May 11, 2018 - 11:09 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -Every Friday at 8:15 a.m. throughout the St. Louis Cardinals season we are joined by the voice of the Cards, Mike Shannon. He and our Sporst Director Tom Ackerman recaped last night's 2-1 victory in San Diego, led by a strong starting performance from Miles Mikolas. 

The free agent pitcher via Japan was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2009 and made his first big-league appearance in 2012 with the Padres. With last night's win, he is tied for second in the league with five wins and his 11.6 strikeout per walk ratio tops the league. 

"Not only is Miles showing how you win, but he's showing the other pitchers, look throw strikes, come after these guys and if you do that you're going to go six or seven innings and you're going to get it done," Shannon says. 

The Cardinals Hall of Famer isn't concerned with the offense because St. Louis is "winning the games they have to win now." Matt Carpenter's struggles are well known (hitless in his last 12 at bats and has a .147 average this year), the Cardinals are still waiting to see Marcell Ozuna breakout and the team overall is hitting .229, well below the NL average of .240. However, Cardinals pitchers touting the third-best team ERA in the bigs (3.32) has more than covered its inconsistent offense.

Pham is the carrying the team at the moment, as he homered and scored twice in last night's win. He is top-5 in the NL in batting average and leads the league in on-base percentage.

Shannon says having patience with your proven players will pay off. 

"You have to have your everyday guys that have proven it in the past to get it done," Shannon says. "And if you can sit back and you can have the patience – and it takes a lot of patience, it's not easy at all. It's not easy for a manager, not easy for the broadcasters, for the writers, for the fans, it's not easy for anyone. But patience pays off in this business."

The Cardinals have played game No. 35 of 162 – it's a long season.