Spring training matters little. Despite a preseason record of 20-8, the St. Louis Cardinals have kicked off the 2017 campaign with a 2-6 mark, which is gut wrenching for red bird fans. With 12 World Series flags (technically 11, but I still think the Royals should UPS the 1985 trophy down I-70), it’s been challenging to watch. Yes, it matters now.

Do you know the last time the Cardinals started this poorly? 2011.

There is still hope. And perhaps, the memories will get me through this poor start. This was a pitching gem for the ages. Chris Carpenter, we need you now. Suit up.