MLB Insiders: Marquis Up Next

RHP Jason Marquis (9-5 5.53 ERA), was pounded for 13 runs in five innings in his last start, will make his second try for his 10th victory Monday night. St. Louis will look to Marquis to try to stop the Cardinals longest losing steak in years.


The Cardinals had their worst trip in years when they completed an 0-6 swing to Chicago and Detroit on Sunday with an 4-1 loss to the Tigers.

But amid the disappointment of the losing streak came encouragement over the performance of Sidney Ponson. The right-hander hasn't won in a month, but he deserved a victory Sunday when he held the Tigers to four hits and one run over seven innings before allowing two singles -- and eventually a run when the Cardinals bullpen faltered -- in the eighth.

Ponson (4-3) is needed more than ever now with the disablement of Mark Mulder because of a shoulder problem.

One of the team's weaknesses this season has been the bullpen's inability to freeze inherited runners. Both Randy Flores and Brad Thompson failed Sunday.

Flores, entering with runners at first and third and one out, allowed a run-scoring double by Curtis Granderson. Bradon Ingne was thrown out at home on the play, but Thompson then allowed a run-scoring double by Placido Polanco and a run-scoring by Ivan Rodriguez.

REPLAY: The Cardinals scored one run or none for the second time on the trip in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Tigers. John Rodriguez doubled in the second and Aaron Miles singled him home. After that, the Cardinals had only one other at-bat with a runner in scoring position.

The big two, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, both had only a single in four at-bats, while Jim Edmonds, back in the lineup after missing three games with a concussion, didn't get the ball in fair territory in three at-bats.


--RF Juan Encarnacion, after his hitting streak was stopped at 14 on Saturday, was given his first day off on the trip. Timo Perez had a single in four at-bats as his replacement.

--The Cardinals will be the last team to have an interleague game at home when they greet Cleveland on Monday night. Kansas City will come to St. Louis after the Indians.

--The back-to-back three-game sweeps by the White Sox and Tigers left the Cardinals with a 3-6 interleague record this season. They swept Kansas City on the road in May.

--C Gary Bennett left the game during a seventh-inning at-bat when he appeared to hurt something in his upper back.


Monday, the Cardinals will be turning to Jason Marquis to try to stop their six game losing streak.

Marquis will be makinge his 16th start of the season tonight as he faces the Cleveland Indians for the 1st time in his career.

Jason had his 6-game win streak snapped last Wednesday (6/21) in a 13-5 loss at White Sox becoming only the 4th pitcher since 1958 to allow 13 earned runs in a game and first Cardinal since Mike Busby (1996) to allow 13 runs.

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