The St. Louis Cardinals were having a pretty solid season, as they were 31-24 and winners of five of their last seven games. However, on June 3, St. Louis kicked off a four-game series against its NL Central rival, the Cincinnati Reds, and the unthinkable happened; the Cardinals did something they hadn’t done in over 30 years: They lost four straight home games to the Reds.
With the two teams having a heated rivalry, fans almost always talk trash whenever they play. However, this time, the Cardinals were trolled by an unlikely source: Cincinnati police.
The Reds swept the Cardinals
Cincinnati had struggled throughout the past few weeks. The team went from 19-19 on May 16 to 22-28 on May 29, so, when it went into its four-game series against the Cardinals with a 24-29 record, the Reds needed some wins.
They ultimately recorded several of them.
Cincinnati went into St. Louis with two of the best hitters in baseball, Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker. Castellanos had a 21-game hitting streak heading into the series finale and is currently hitting an MLB-best .359. Winker, on the other hand, has the second-best batting average in baseball at .350, and the most home runs in the National League with 17.
So, behind Winker and Castellanos, the Reds beat the Cardinals won 4-2, 6-4, 5-2, and 8-7 to complete a four-game series sweep in St. Louis for the first time since 1990. Winker came up huge in the final game, hitting three home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the ninth inning to give Cincinnati the W.
The series was huge for the Reds, as they are now just one-and-a-half games behind the Cardinals for third place in the NL Central and four back from the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers for first place.
So, naturally, Cincinnati fans were pretty ecstatic.
The police appeared to be pretty happy, too.
Cincinnati police trolled the Cardinals after the Reds’ sweep
After seeing the Reds win their fourth game of the series, the Cincinnati Police Department, which typically uses its Twitter account to tweet news updates from around the city, took time to troll the Cardinals.
“At the current time we can neither confirm nor deny that authorities in St. Louis have asked us to investigate where the Reds obtained the giant broom they used to SWEEP the Cardinals,” the account tweeted, along with a blurred picture of Winker. “We however can confirm that Jesse Winker is a suspect!! Go [Reds]!”
The tweet, which was hilarious, essentially kicked the Cardinals while they were already down. But it also showed just how heated the rivalry between the teams really is.
St. Louis should still be OK moving forward
Despite the four-game series sweep to the Reds, the Cardinals are still in position to have a lot of success the rest of this season.
St. Louis has some highly talented hitters in Tyler O’Neill, who is tied for sixth in the NL in home runs with 13, and Nolan Arenado, who is third in the NL in RBIs with 40. Arenado is also a five-time MLB All-Star and a four-time Silver Slugger.
Pitching-wise, St. Louis has two starters who have ERAs under 3.00 in Jack Flaherty and John Gant. The team also has a tremendous closer in Alex Reyes, who has a 0.90 ERA this year to go with 16 saves.
The Cardinals may have been embarrassed by the Reds over the weekend, but their talented roster still makes them a force to be reckoned with.