The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten out to an obviously slow start offensively. So I went back to trace the numbers. They have scored 17 runs over the first six games of this season, that is the third lowest total of the last 20 years. The only worse were 1997 (12 runs scored) and 2011 (15 runs scored).
However, on the bright side, the 22 runs the Cardinals have allowed is the third lowest of the last 20 years. The only better starts for a pitching staff were 2008 (13 runs against) and 2012 (17 runs against).
Their -5 run differential provides some hope as it is just the 7th worst of the last 20 years. There’s something interesting to consider with years that start with negative run differentials too. The Cardinals have seven of them now, in all but two they ended up making the playoffs (1996, 2001, 2005, 2011). That’s the same number of playoff appearances out of the best six run differentials too.
So the point of this was to say that there is no point in worrying about the offensive output over the first six games of the season. There are 156 more to play anyway and it has no visible effect on playoff chances.