MLB Insiders - I-70 Rivals In Town

RHP Jeff Suppan will face one of his former teams when he starts against Kansas City on Friday night in the first game of the Cardinals' final interleague series of the season. Before they beat Cleveland on Wednesday night, the Cardinals had beaten only Kansas City (three games) in interleague play this season.

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The Cardinals are searching more for another bat than for another starting pitcher -- even though the staff ERA for June was 6.17 before their next-to-last game of the month.

"I think our pitching will come around," general manager Walt Jocketty said.

Chairman Bill DeWitt said the club would consider taking on salary to acquire an impact hitter if one became available.

"It doesn't mean we're going to do stuff around the fringes to take on money," DeWitt said. "That doesn't make any sense."

While the Cardinals are looking for more offense externally, they're also hoping to find more internally from Jim Edmonds. The veteran center fielder is hitting only .255 with seven homers in 200 at-bats.

"It's not physical; it's not age," said Edmonds, who just turned 36. "I just haven't been able to do it."

NOTES

--The Cardinals have been outhomered 92-71. They are 13th in the National League in homers and 14th in extra-base hits.

--C Gary Bennett, who suffered a mild oblique strain while swinging at a pitch last Sunday in Detroit, should be ready to play this weekend.

--The Cardinals' ERA is 3.48 at home and 5.67 on the road.

--Games started by left-handers have been more difficult than those started by right-handers despite the Cardinals' preponderance of right-handed hitting. The Cardinals are 30-16 in games started by right-handers and 13-18 in games started by left-handers.


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