July 3, 2008

Redbird Ramblings -- 7-2-08 -- Jay, Additon, Clement, Boggs, Pelfrey, Beltran, Miles

Probables: The Cardinals' will throw rookie Mitchell Boggs RHP (3-0, 4.37) against the Mets' Mike Pelfrey RHP (5-6, 4.47) in the last of a four-game set at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

50th? The Cards are going for their 50th win of the season tonight.

300th? Albert Pujols has struggled for hits, although he has hit the ball well in many ABs. Whatever his batting status, the three-hole hitter hasn't reached the milestone mark of 300 home runs. Some believe he is pushing, widening his strike zone, not a good thing. Some believe he is simply in a slight lull.

Whatcha done for me lately? He has registered 22 total bases in the last week, tops on the Cards. Who is he? (answer below)

The Boggs Perfection: It's only 3-0, but it is a perfect record, so far. Boggs has settled into the starting rotation for manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan, but regardless of how well he has done so far, he will have to continue to add to a growing number of good innings and outings. If Boggs wants to get his work in tonight, he'll have to get through the Mets leadoff-through clean-up portion of the order without getting scarred. Keeping the ball down and proving is off-speed is the only way he'll stay in this game.

Beltran has cooled: In his last 26 ABs, Carlos Beltran is hitting a lowly .154 with one dinger and one double. The Mets have scored their runs versus the Cardinals in the first three games of their four-game set, but Mets fans have to be wondering if they might've turned at least one of the scores around in their two losses. When Beltran is hitting snuff-up, the first half of the Mets lineup is as tough as any in baseball.

Miles to play before I sleep: Aaron Miles has now reached a 14-game hitting streak. More importantly for the Cards, he has provided solid defense at second base and a lot of productive ABs. It might be a good idea to let him ride out this stretch of good ball-playing. Not sure? Ask yourself: If Albert Pujols or Rick Ankiel were on a hitting streak, would you platoon them? It's a tough argument that Miles isn't ordinarilly a regular, either, because that is how a player becomes a regular.

Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak may need to make a hard choice on what to do with the rehabbing right-hander, now working the bullpen in Triple-A Memphis.

Cards' affiliate pitcher of the month, June: Nick Addition. June's record, 2-0, 1.53 ERA, 27 Ks, OBA .192. (Quad Cities River Bandits)

Cards' affiliate player of the month, June: Jon Jay. BA .385. (Springfield Cardinals)

Whatcha done for me lately? He has registered 22 total bases in the last week, tops on the Cards. He plays third base, #8, Troy Glaus.

photo by Alan Penner