After earning a huge win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday evening, the Cardinals (26-13) dropped two of three games to the Virginia Cavaliers (24-17) over the weekend. I didn’t expect the Cards to drop this series to the Cavs (a team who has struggled in conference play), but Virginia consistently came away with big hit after big hit. At the end of the day, we have to tip our caps to the Cavaliers for a job well done.
Moving forward, the toughest thing for Louisville is watching their ACC record move below .500 once again. At (10-11), the Cardinals are tied for fourth in the Atlantic Division behind NC State, Clemson, and Florida State. Unless the Wolfpack (15-6), have a serious end-of-season collapse, the Cards can forget about winning the regular season conference title once more.
If anything, this should be a major motivator for Louisville moving into the last few weekends of the regular season. This program hasn’t experienced difficulty like this in the ACC before, but with 17 games left on the schedule, there’s more than enough opportunities to turn things around.
With that said, please don’t give up on this team, Cardinals fans. Louisville baseball still has what it takes to make some serious noise.
The Week Ahead
A very favorable schedule is in play for the Cards this week, as Western Kentucky (19-20) is in town on Tuesday and Indiana State (19-16) will be coming to Louisville for the weekend series. As you can probably tell, these are four games the Cardinals will be favored in, which leaves very little room for error – unfortunately, something this team hasn’t been great with. Still, if everything goes as planned, the Cards could be sitting with a (30-13) record with 13 games left in the regular season.
Needless to say, after all of the ups and downs this season has brought, getting 17 games above .500 would be humongous for Cards’ resumé and confidence.
If there’s one thing Louisville fans need to remember, it’s how great of a head coach Dan McDonnell truly is. Remember, the Cards had eight different guys taken in the MLB Draft last June and also, lost a ton of veteran leadership. If this season truly does finish as a “rebuilding year”, we’ll take 35-40 wins in such years every single time.
Again, don’t lose hope in these guys. Find time this week to make it down to Jim Patterson Stadium and give this team the support it deserves.<
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.