Four days before, the Cardinals
had cut the Milwaukee Brewers' lead to 7 1/2 games in the National League
Central with a three-game sweep at
But after losing three of
their last four games, the latest a 4-1 loss to
"This is baseball; you
can't figure it out,"
"We're trying to do the best we can to hopefully not hand the Central Division to these guys. Just fight to the end the same way we did in April and the last 140 games."
The Cards' best chance
for making the postseason now is the wild-card race. But they entered the day
The Cardinals got only
one run off
"He was good." Pujols said. "I don't want to disrespect the job that he did. It wasn't fair for us to see. And it wasn't fair for them to see, either."
RHP Jake Westbrook, featuring his best changeup of the season, fanned nine in the first four innings while getting only one grounder in that time. He finished his six-inning stint with that career-high-tying nine, getting more groundballs later on, but he still suffered his eighth loss in 19 decisions. He is 1-2 in games against Brewers LHP Randy Wolf this season.
The Cardinals have interest in re-signing SS Rafael Furcal, who will be a free agent. Furcal has hit five home runs since joining the club on July 31 in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and significantly has improved the infield defense. "When you look at our club, since he came to our team, he's just really changed the look of it," said general manager John Mozeliak.
INF Tyler Greene will get
some playing time when he comes up Tuesday from Class AAA Memphis. Greene, who
has had a big year at
OF Nick Stavinoha was not
brought back to the majors despite knocking in more than 100 runs at
INF Nick Punto, on the disabled list for the third time this season, will be brought back Tuesday from a rehabilitation option for his strained left oblique muscle.
BY THE NUMBERS: 36-32 -
Cardinals record against the National League Central Division.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The problem is when you're having fun when you're losing. Then you've got the wrong guys in uniform."
- Manager Tony La Russa, to the suggestion that teams that are winning are having more fun.
C Yadier Molina (sore left calf) did not play Sept. 3-4. He was back in the lineup Sept. 5.
INF Nick Punto (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 29. He will be activated Sept. 6.
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.
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Albert Pujols, Jake Westbrook and manager Tony La Russa speak about Monday's 4-1 defeat.