PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals' seven-game losing streak, though it has cost them five games in the division standings, has hardly cloaked the clubhouse with concern. That's because some of the most successful Cardinals teams in recent memory had stretches that were just as bad.
The 2011 club won the World Series after enduring a seven-game losing streak in June of that season. In 2006 the Cardinals went on to be World Series champs after twice trudging through eight-game skids. Two other times (1987 and 1930), the Cardinals advanced to the Fall Classic despite having a losing streak of at least seven games.
In other words, one bad week does not necessarily doom a season.
"As long as I haven't been here, this team hasn't panicked, and I'm sure that has gone on for years," David Freese said. "We're blessed with what we're able to do. We just go out there and bust our tails and see who wins. Lately, we haven't won too much."
Before this stretch, the Cardinals had not lost more than three in a row all season. And despite closing July with seven straight losses, they still finished the month with a winning record (13-12).
"You play 162 games, at some point in the season, every year, no matter what, you always go through a little rough patch," Adam Wainwright said. "The good teams find a way to get out of that rough patch and back to playing good quality baseball. That's what we're going to do."
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.