The Cardinals are 8-7 in their last 15 games minus the injured Albert Pujols, batting .304 (158-520) with 84 runs scored (5.6 runs per game).
The offense has stepped up in the clutch over this span, with a .321 (44-137) batting average with runners in scoring position.
At the time he was placed on the DL, Pujols was batting .308 and was tied for the major league lead in homers with 25. He was second in RBIs with 65.
The Cardinals are hoping Pujols can help lead them to a win, Thursday.
The Cardinals have allowed 33 runs in the first two games of this series, the most runs they have allowed in consecutive games since the beginning of divisional play on 1969.
Pujols suffered strained right oblique muscle on 6/3 & was DLed 6/4 for first time in career. At the time of his injury, Albert was ML leader in HRs (25), RBI (65), runs (52), total bases (139), SLG (.751), OPS (1.193) and BA w/RISP (.523).
Cardinal fans will be crossing their fingers, hoping that the Cards didn't activate Pujols too soon, risking injury to the Superstar.