Just over two weeks ago, the St. Louis Cardinals were mired in last place in the NL Central with a 10-24 record, the worst in the National League.
They had also lost eight consecutive games for the first time since 2007.
However, since that eighth loss, things have been looking up for the Redbirds.
They have come to within six games of the .500 mark and are now just five games back of first place in the Central.
They had been behind as many as 10 games before their recent hot stretch.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today posted some stats that reveal just how far the Cardinals have come since bottoming out.
What a difference two weeks makes:
The #STLCards were 10-24 on May 6, owning the worst record in the NL.
They have since gone 11-3.
They are averaging 7.2 runs a game in this stretch, scoring 32 runs in their 4-game series vs. the #Dodgers.
They are now 5 games out of 1st place.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 21, 2023
Since that loss to the Detroit Tigers, the team is 11-3.
They have also averaged 7.2 runs per game in that stretch, which included 32 runs being scored against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their recent four-game series.
The Cardinals have won every series since losing two to the Tigers.
They snapped the skid in the finale of the Tigers series and proceeded to take two out of three from the rival Chicago Cubs.
The team then waltzed into Fenway Park and swept the Boston Red Sox before returning home and taking care of business against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Dodgers.
So while their record is still 21-27, the Cards have moved up two spots in the NL Central and have a tremendous opportunity to gain ground this week in their series against the Cincinnati Reds.
On the flip side, the Brewers will have to deal with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, who have won seven games in a row.NEXT: The Cardinals Celebrate An Impressive Accomplishment