The Cardinals, in the midst of
five series against losing teams, covering 16 games, are only 2-2 through the
first four games of that stretch after losing to
The National League
Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who also are playing five losing teams before
meeting the Cardinals again Aug. 30 in
Ergo, the Brewers lead the Cardinals by six games with 40 to play.
"The difference is that they're winning in the Central Division and we're not," said Skip Schumaker, who on Monday made his first start of the season in center field. "They're beating up teams in their division. We're what? Like two or three games over .500?"
"We're fine against everyone else (38-32), but for some reason we're not doing it in the division. We can still win the series and that's our goal, but ... this one was a tough one," Schumaker said.
The Cardinals were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners at second and another at third.
"The name of the game is execution," said manager Tony La Russa. "A lot of it's their pitching. Some of it is we could have done a better job."
Right-hander Jake Westbrook, who barely got
"Well, he's definitely comfortable up there against me," said Westbrook. "I'm pretty sure I've tried everything. I really didn't make any good pitches against him. To his credit, he took advantage of that.
"It was one of those things where you make one mistake and it costs you a bunch. It didn't need to happen. I need to put together better outings than I had tonight."
CF Jon Jay's slump had reached 7-for-43 (.163), so manager Tony La Russa gave him a breather and wrote in 2B Skip Schumaker for his first start of the season in center field on Monday. "Jay's a little off now," said La Russa, "so he's doing some work to get back on."
2B Skip Schumaker, who was 1-for-4 Monday as the leadoff man, is hitting .333 since June 4, when he was at .207, and has raised his season average to .291. "I didn't think I was a .200 hitter," Schumaker said. "I didn't think I was a .260 hitter." Schumaker batted .265 last year after three straight .300-plus seasons.
On the final day for
signing draft picks from the June selections, the Cardinals came to terms with
their second-round choice, speedy high school outfielder Charlie Tilson from
RHP Edwin Jackson, who
had a cramping issue in his right hamstring Sunday night, will be one of the
pitchers in Chicago this weekend, according to manager Tony La Russa, who still
is mulling the rest of the rotation.
LHP Arthur Rhodes, who walked the only man he faced in his Cardinals debut on Sunday, got the only man he faced on Monday to ground out.
LF Matt Holliday doubled twice, giving him 301 for his career. Holliday has 198 home runs.
BY THE NUMBERS: .384 - 1B
Albert Pujols' career average at
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Jake Westbrook) could have been sharper. And our offense could have been sharper and it could have been a closer game. Neither one was real sharp. And we got beat by four."
- Manager Tony La Russa, pithily summarizing Monday's game.
RHP Edwin Jackson (right
hamstring cramp) left his Aug. 14 start early.
INF Nick Punto (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 29.
RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 7 but had renewed soreness soon after and was shut down until late August or early September. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31.
RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.
Aug. 16 at PIRATES: Chris Carpenter (8-8, 3.68) vs. Jeff Karstens (9-6, 3.04)
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