What fans might see soon is a different cleanup hitter. Though La Russa wasn't happy about the one-game trial he gave left fielder Chris Duncan as the cleanup hitter a couple of weeks ago, there is a real possibility that Duncan might appear there against some right-handers on the next homestand.
The two hitters who have been in the cleanup spot most often this season are struggling. Third baseman Scott Rolen is 9 for his last 67 (.134), and center fielder Jim Edmonds is hitting .225 for the season.
Rolen has two homers and Edmonds one as the Cardinals have struggled to a 16-25 record. Duncan has seven homers, tying 1B Albert Pujols for the club lead.
"If we don't turn it around soon, you might see a different team out there in July and August," said Edmonds.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--The Cardinals have lost by four or more runs in 13 of their 25 losses.
--The Cardinals have dropped 20 of their last 30 games. They have allowed their opponents to take the first lead in 31 of 41 games. And, at 16-25, this is the worst quarter-pole performance by a Cardinals team in Tony La Russa's 12 seasons as manager although they were 17-26 after 43 games in La Russa's first season with them in 1996.
--Sunday's game marked the 11th time in the last 24 games that a Cardinals starter had allowed five or more runs.
--C Yadier Molina's 13-game hitting streak is the longest by a Cardinals catcher since Ted Simmons had a 19-game run in 1975.
--Other than RHP Braden Looper, who is 5-3, the Cardinals' starters are 5-20.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Number of home runs (both by LF Chris Duncan) the Cardinals had in the first 17 days of May.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm slinging slop up there that's hanging and hitting people in the hip. I don't know. It's pretty frustrating." -- RHP Adam Wainwright, who allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday.