La Russa says those statistics don't mean anything.
"Absolutely nothing," said La Russa. "Just like when they beat us in the season series last year, just like when they beat us a couple of weeks ago. It means nothing.
"What it means is that it's a brand-new three-game series and whoever plays the best wins. They played better than we did last year (the Cubs were 5-3 against the Cardinals at home, too). Over time, we had some good series at home against them. It means nothing. It's all about what's ahead this weekend."
--C Yadier Molina has dipped to .180 after going 0-for-10 at Pittsburgh.
--1B Albert Pujols' next hit will be the 1,000th of his career. He is starting his sixth season.
--The Cardinals will play their next 10 games at home to close the month. They were 4-2 in their first homestand.
--Fifteen of the 16 homers hit at Busch Stadium have come in the daytime. The Cardinals have played four day games and two night games.
--RF Juan Encarnacion stole his first base on Wednesday. He also has just one RBI.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- It took a Cardinals pitcher (Mark Mulder) just six innings to hit the first homer by a Cardinals pitcher at Busch Stadium. In the previous Busch Stadium, it took four years.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I stink right now." -- RHP Jason Isringhausen, after losing two games by allowing late-inning home runs.
: 3B Scott Rolen has had no problems with his left shoulder that required two surgeries last season.
OF Larry Bigbie (stress fracture in left foot) is on an injury-rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis.
CF Jim Edmonds (inflamed right shoulder) has returned to the lineup after missing several games.