Making perhaps their last stand,
at least as far as competing in the National League Central, the Cardinals need
no less than a sweep at home this weekend against division-leading
Even if they win all three games, they'd still be five games behind.
"We can't win seven games
in the three-game series against the Reds," said left fielder Matt Holliday
after the Cardinals had lost the finale of a 10-game trip in
However, Holliday said, "We've got to start winning and winning a lot. It can be done. It's September. There's one month left. There's no time to put it off. We've got to start playing better."
After the three-game
series - and homestand - the Cardinals will head back onto the road for three at
"We've been stinking up the place," manager Tony La Russa said.
NOTES AND QUOTES
As they did before their
three-game sweep in
The Cardinals need a winning September, which they haven't had since 2004, when they were 16-12. The Cardinals are 50-60 in September games since 2006, when they won the World Series. "There's no easy answer for that (record)," manager Tony La Russa said.
Hitting coach Mark
McGwire, in his first year on the job, said he would "really love to be a
hitting coach for many, many years." McGwire admitted that in his maiden voyage
he had "a lot of sleepless nights. I've had a lot of great nights." McGwire's
future as hitting coach may be tied to La Russa's future in
1B Albert Pujols gave the
bat with which he hit his 400th home run to a boy at Texas Children's Hospital
in Houston. The young fan, who has a brain tumor, had hoped to see his favorite
player, Pujols, during the Cardinals' series in
The Cardinals have been held to two or fewer runs in seven of their last 15 games. They have lost all seven.
By the Numbers:
1.336 - 1B Albert Pujols' OPS for August, with three games remaining.
Quote to Note:
"If it happens, it happens. But I don't want to stand here thinking about it."
- Albert Pujols, on his chances for the Triple Crown.
C Jason LaRue (concussion) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 13. He was moved to the 60-day DL on Aug. 19, ending his season.
RHP Adam Ottavino (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 17. He won't need surgery, but he is out for the season.
3B David Freese (right ankle surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 15. He was originally out due to a bone bruise on his right ankle, and then he 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.