One would have thought the
Cardinals would capitalize on their second-best home record in the National
League to pull away from
But after beating the
Cubs in the first game of the homestand to raise their home mark to 39-17, the
Cardinals almost inexplicably have lost the next three games and have dropped
two games off
Yes, almost inexplicably. It is somewhat explainable.
First baseman Albert Pujols isn't getting much help right now. While Pujols, who has 31 homers for the season and 397 for his career, has homered twice and doubled in the last three games, the Cardinals have had only two other extra-base hits in that time.
Matt Holliday has gone
1-for-11 in that span, and
Holliday grounded out on a 2-0 pitch, and the Cardinals would spend another day in second place in the division race.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS
2: Jaime Garcia,
about whom there has been concern, pitched one of his better games lately. He
didn't give up an earned run in six innings although he did serve a two-run
NOTES AND QUOTES
3B Felipe Lopez, already having trouble at bat lately, has been flighty in the field, too, committing two errors on the first two balls hit to him on Tuesday before making a couple of good plays later on. The second error cost the Cardinals three unearned runs. "We lost the game because of me," Lopez said. "If I make those plays, we win."
Jeff Luhnow, the
Cardinals' vice president of scouting and player development, had suggested
recently that the Cardinals' draft would be a grand slam if the organization
could sign all its top choices and 12th-rounder Austin Wilson, a talented
C Jason LaRue, who
suffered a concussion when he was kicked in the head by
RHP Jason Motte, on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain, played catch and threw about 10 pitches off the bullpen mound. Motte is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but that won't happen. "You've got to wait until he starts throwing some serious stuff," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's not there."
RHP Jeff Suppan, on the DL with a groin strain, is eligible to leave the disabled list. Suppan threw a three-inning simulated game and said he felt nothing untoward. "He threw the ball pretty good," said manager Tony La Russa. "It didn't look like his groin was bothering him. I was impressed."
CF Colby Rasmus, who
strained his right calf scoring from second on a hit Sunday against Chicago,
said he thought he would be out four days before he would able to play again.
Rasmus did pinch-hit in the ninth, flying out, but he probably won't play in the
field until this weekend, if then, against
"He wasn't playing all that great, so it's probably not a bad time to freshen him up," said Tony La Russa, although the manager didn't promise that Rasmus would immediately return to the lineup upon his healing. "Let's see how the guys play who are getting a chance to play."
INF Tyler Greene, who had
been on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand, was optioned to
By the Numbers:
30, 10 - When 1B Albert Pujols hit his 30th homer on Sunday, it marked the 10th straight year that Pujols had reached that figure. He has played only 10 seasons.
Quote to Note:
"I don't know how long he has to play to be one of the greatest who's ever played this game. He's certainly going to be in the conversation. He is for the first 10 years."
- Manager Tony La Russa, on star 1B Albert Pujols.
CF Colby Rasmus (leg
cramp) left the Aug. 15 game. He pinch-hit Aug. 17, but he probably won't play
in the field until sometime during the Aug. 20-22 series against
RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He had surgery May 28 to alleviate muscle discomfort. Lohse began a minor league rehab assignment July 26, and he made his final rehab start Aug. 10 for Class AAA Memphis. He was activated to start for the Cardinals on Aug. 15.
C Jason LaRue (mild concussion, bruised ribs) was hurt during a skirmish in the Aug. 10 game. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 13 and still had post-concussion symptoms Aug. 17.
RHP Jeff Suppan (sore right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 1. He threw a three-inning simulated game Aug. 17 and said he felt nothing untoward.
RHP Jason Motte (AC sprain in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3. He hoped to return as soon as he's eligible Aug. 18, but that won't happen. He threw about 10 pitches off the bullpen mound Aug. 17.
SS Tyler Greene (bruised right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 1. Greene was struck by a pitch July 17. He came off the DL Aug. 17 and was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.
RHP Adam Ottavino (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4. He won't need surgery, but he is probably out for the year. He was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 17.
3B David Freese (bone bruise on right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28. He also broke his left big toe in mid-July. He tore a right ankle tendon Aug. 2 in his first rehab game with Class AA Springfield, and he had season-ending surgery Aug. 6.
RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw bullpen sessions June 28 and July 1 but had to cut short a bullpen session July 6 because of tightness in his triceps area. He underwent an MRI on July 7, which found nothing that hadn't been diagnosed before. As of Aug. 5, he was playing catch but not throwing off a mound. Penny is out indefinitely.