One more day.
That's all the Cardinals have left on a rough season-opening road trip out west that includes a series loss in Arizona and now a rubber game against the Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.
"These guys are all anxious to get back to St. Louis," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
Beating the Giants on Sunday to return to St. Louis with a 3-3 record would be a nice boost. But while it will be nice to be back at Busch Stadium regardless of Sunday's outcome, the Cardinals' challenging start to the season continues against the division-rival Reds and Brewers in St. Louis, before the Cardinals travel to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Oh, and before all that, there's Sunday's date with Giants righty Matt Cain.
"We don't draw it up. We just have to compete with what they give us," Matheny said of the early schedule. "It's a great test, no question about it. You want to have everybody clicking early on and getting off to a good start, but we also understand it's a long season."
While the Cardinals can't wait to eventually get home, Cain will be happy to make his 2013 debut at AT&T Park, where he is 47-38 lifetime. The right-hander said he was satisfied with his season debut in Los Angeles, where he struck out eight Dodgers in six shutout innings, "except for toward the end of the game. I'd like to cut down on my pitches, especially in the first inning. That's just how you gotta do it some days."
Cardinals: Wainwright returns to mound
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright makes his second start of the season Sunday, looking to build off a so-so debut against the D-backs. He struggled to find his pitches in the middle innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on 11 hits in six innings, but said he felt better than his line would suggest.
"If I take that stuff out there every time, we're going to be just fine," he said.
Wainwright was 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two starts against the Giants last season, though current San Francisco hitters are hitting a combined .330 against him.
• Allen Craig has a four-game hitting streak.
Giants: What offensive worries?
The Giants aren't built to win games based solely on their offense, but that doesn't mean a couple of lackluster performances won't bring questions regarding San Francisco's bats. Although the Giants are averaging only 2.4 runs through their first five games -- including hitting only .095 with runners in scoring position -- manager Bruce Bochy said he isn't concerned.
"Small sample size. It's so early in the season," Bochy said. "You look across the league right now and there are some pitchers throwing some great games and I think sometimes it takes time to get the hitting clicking. Some guys get off to a slow start, but as they get in a groove I think you'll see us be more consistent with runners in scoring position."
• Hunter Pence (.357) and Buster Posey (.286) each extended their hitting streaks to four games Saturday.
• Pence has the same amount of hits (11) as strikeouts in 38 career at-bats against Wainwright.
• Cain's last outing against the Cardinals was his Game 7 victory in last year's National League Championship Series.
• Carlos Beltran is a .389 career hitter (7-for-18) against Cain.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.