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Five things about the Rockies Series

The Cardinals dropped two out of three to the Rockies as they fall to 24-23 and 1.5 games back in the NL Central. They head home to face the Dodgers who took two out of three in LA last week. The Cardinals generally have felt listless this season with a losing record at home.

Pham continues to ride hot streak

Tommy Pham continues to ride his hot streak. He entered the Rockies series batting .309/.385/.545 with 3 home runs in 16 games for the Cardinals. He exits it hitting .333/.410/.621 with 5 home runs in 19 games since his May 5th call up.

Those numbers are so good that he is currently ranked in the top-26 in baseball in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and wRC+ since his arrival in the Majors this season.

Here’s hoping that he can continue to see and continue his strong hitting performance. The team needs it as he has clearly been by far the Cardinals’ best hitter in May.

Fowler starting to turn the corner?

In the three game series with the Rockies, Dexter Fowler went 6-for-12 in the series and even led off two games with hits, getting a single on Friday night and a double on Sunday to open up the game. That brings his batting average leading off a game up to .216.

The .500 series brought his season average up to .228, but he is still pretty push to where he began the month. He hit .234/.305/.415 in April and is hitting .219/.338/.453 in May. A little more power, a little better on base, but still struggling to find any consistency at the plate.

Hopefully this series is a sign of things to come. The team could use him to start putting it together.

Rocky Mountain high?

On Saturday Mike Matheny gave Matt Carpenter a day off and decided to stick Yadier Molina in the third spot because, what’s the worst that could happen?

I get changing up the system a bit, by Molina is by no means anything close to a #3 hitter anymore. I get that you don’t have a ton of options when Carpenter isn’t going to play and it makes for an incredibly thin lineup, but really?

The best worst part might be that the team won. On an RBI single by Molina. Which is pretty much how Matheny’s craziest ideas work out. Twitter gets lathered up and it works. Unfortunately, that typically empowers Matheny to keep doing it even when it fails the next 9 times.

“DeJong ball”… get it, like “the long ball?”

The Cardinals promoted infielder Paul DeJong to the Majors on Sunday and Mike Matheny wasted no time in getting him into the action as he would pinch hit in the 9th inning. He would go deep for his first Major League home run in his first Major League at bat. Welcome to the Show.

DeJong is in an interesting position. I think that if he can hit and prove he belongs in the big leagues, he’ll make a play to stay after Kolten Wong returns which most likely means the exit of Jhonny Peralta. Over the offseason, I figured that if Peralta failed to hit this year that DeJong was the guy who dictated his future this season.

They were adding positional flexibility late last season for him so that he could find more at bats in the big leagues when he finally made it. Now we’re getting the opportunity to see that.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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