First baseman Albert Pujols, who had most of Sunday off, will enter the game on a 10-for-24 streak, featuring three home runs.
"I felt I was back where I was in spring training and could trust my hands," said Pujols.
Pujols had better get used to teams pitching around him. He already has been walked 13 times in 13 games.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--Each Cardinals starter will have an extra day off before his next appearance. RHP Braden Looper, who will pitch Tuesday night, last worked on Wednesday in Houston.
--RHP Todd Wellemeyer has pitched scoreless ball for six and then five innings in his last two starts. But, in the next inning on both occasions, he gave up two home runs.
--After RHP Joel Pineiro was charged with six runs in 3 2/3 innings on Sunday, the ERA of the starters jumped to 3.42.
--LHP Mark Mulder, recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to make his first start Tuesday night for Class A Palm Beach (Fla.) on the minor league rehabilitation program.
--Monday's day off was the first for the Cardinals since March 18. "It was good for some guys to recover a little bit," manager Tony La Russa said. "They've been grinding."
BY THE NUMBERS: 15 1/3 -- Number of scoreless innings as a Cardinal for RHP Kyle Lohse before he allowed two runs in the fourth inning last Friday against San Francisco.