As the Cardinals were losing two
straight series at home (1-5 overall) against Atlanta and Florida, they mustered
only nine extra-base hits and one home run -- by Colby Rasmus. They went
1-for-16 with men in scoring position over the last two days of the
Hitting coach Hal McRae said, "We're chasing (bad pitches) a bit, and we're not being patient enough. And two, we haven't bunched any hits. I think if we stop chasing, we'll start bunching."
In the last two games with
The losses came against solid
teams with good pitching staffs. In the last month, the Cardinals are 15-4
against teams with losing records but only 1-5 (
For the season, the Cardinals have
winning records against only two National League teams with winning records --
Cardinals finish their nine-game homestand against the Cubs, they will go on a
nine-game trip, champagne in hand for a potential division clinch. They will
Memphis won its fifth consecutive postseason game Wednesday, beating
RHP Kyle Lohse,
who had some forearm inflammation after his start on Saturday, will be skipped
this weekend. Manager Tony La Russa said he hoped Lohse could pitch against
By The Numbers:
10—Multi-homer games for 1B Albert Pujols, tying Mark McGwire's single-season club record.
Quote To Note:
"I'm not a home run hitter."
—1B Albert Pujols, after hitting his major-league-leading 46th and 47th homers on Sept. 9.
RHP John Smoltz, who
will pitch Friday against
3B Troy Glaus may not be able to play again this season. Glaus, sidelined by a pulled left oblique muscle, calls himself "day-to-day" but hasn't been doing anything on the field in the last few days. Glaus, 3-for-17 in limited duty, has missed much of the season after failing to respond to January shoulder surgery.
will wait until
SS Brendan Ryan (sore left pinkie) did not play Sept. 15 and was limited to pinch-running duty Sept. 16. He is expected back Sept. 18.
3B Troy Glaus (pulled left oblique muscle) was injured Sept. 12 and did not play Sept. 13-16. He is out indefinitely.
RHP Kyle Lohse (sore right forearm) will miss his Sept. 19 start.
RHP John Smoltz (right shoulder tendinitis) missed his Sept. 14 start, but he is scheduled to start Sept. 18.