Luckily the Cardinals were able to salvage at least one win out of the three-game series against the NL Central leading Brewers, leaving them just 4 back of the Brewers entering play today. While the Brewers head home to play Pittsburgh, the Colorado Rockies come to town for the Cardinals.
In tonight’s game, Kyle Lohse (9-7, 3.45) will match up against Aaron Cook (2-6, 5.05). Saturday will feature Jaime Garcia (10-5, 3.23) against Jason Hammel (6-11, 5.14). The final game in the series looks to be Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.95) against Esmil Rogers (6-1, 5.85). The Cardinals took 2 out of 3 the last time these two teams matched up back in May in Colorado.
Holliday day-to-day with back injury. There is still no determination on just when to expect Matt Holliday back in the lineup. So far Holliday has missed two games with the injury. Back injuries are strange beasts. Sometimes they are good to go the next day, sometimes it takes a week or more. From what I’ve read, it seems like he may be back after this series with the Rockies.
The only potential positive out of this is that Allen Craig is back with the big club. While he’s been an ice cold 0-for-7 in two starts since returning, this gives him some playing time to get back on track after an extended amount of time off.
Post All-Star Pujols. Albert Pujols‘ first half left much to be desired, however since the All Star break, Pujols leads the majors in home runs with 10. He is also hitting .295 with a .643 slugging percentage. He still lacks in the OBP, as it is a very small (for Pujols, at least) .322. He’s only walked 4 times in 116 plate appearances, a rate of a walk every 29 plate appearances, that’s nearly four times his career rate of a walk every 7.4 plate appearances.
Pujols loves home cooking too. Dee-Dee’s Home Run Chicken must be good, because Pujols is hitting .311 with 14 HR, and 39 RBI at home. That’s far better than the .262, 14 HR, 33 RBI player that he is on the road in 40 more ABs.
Uggla who? Molina putting together a streak of his own. While Dan Uggla of the Braves has hit in 31 consecutive games, Yadier Molina has quietly put together a streak of his own. Starting July 21st against the Mets, Molina has hit in 14 consecutive games. That takes his batting average from .270 to .292 over the span.
Rhodes set to join the Cardinals. New signing Arthur Rhodes is expected to join the team today when the dela becomes official. Another interesting split stat, he has made 10 appearances in the current Busch Stadium and has yet to allow a run. Now it’s only 7 2/3 innings, so don’t go reading a ton into the stat, just thought it was interesting.