July 25, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Boggs to start 7-game road trip

On deck: The Cards are in New York for what will probably be their last games ever in Shea Stadium as the Mets will be moving to a new facility next season. The Cards will be in New York to start a seven-game road trip; three games with the Mets and four in Atlanta. The road trip will take the Cards through the July 31 trade deadline.

Game time will be 6:10 p.m. CDT.

Probables: STL-Mitchell Boggs RHP (3-1, 6.59) vs. NYM-Mike Pelfrey RHP (8-6, 3.81)

Boggs has been a welcome fresh arm for a troubled starting Cards' rotation, winning three in a row before the Mets roughed him up pretty good in his last outing before being sent back to Class AAA Memphis. The 10 out of 11 earned runs the Mets pounded Boggs for accounts for most of high lofty ERA.

Pelfrey has given up the longball lately, according to the St. Louis Cardinals Official Web Site, but his prior record suggests that was an unusual occurrence.

Birds' Perch: The Redbirds are roosting in third place these days, not yet close to any danger of slipping into fourth in the NL Central, but slipping into a slightly uncomfortable zone in relationship to the second place Breweres and first place Cubs, three and four games behind, respecively.

Streaky worries: The Cards current lock on third is due to a several-game spread between them and the teams above and below. But the first place Cubs have won their last two in a row, the second place Brewers are on an eight-game tear, and chasing, the Reds have won their last two while the Pirates have a four-game winning streak alive. About the only team not on the positive streak is the last place Astros, who, like the Cards, have lost their last four. Yikes!

Whatcha done for me lately? These are the Cardinals with the most in the last seven games.
ABs: Skip Schumaker -- 28
Runs: Albert Pujols -- 6
Hits: Skip Schumaker -- 9
Doubles: Troy Glaus -- 4
Home Runs: Ryan Ludwick -- 2
RBIs: Rick Ankiel -- 7
Total bases: Troy Glaus -- 14
Walks: Skip Schumaker, Troy Glaus -- 4
Strikeouts: Ryan Ludwick -- 11
Stolen bases: Cesar Izturis -- 2
On-base percentage: Albert Pujols -- .429
Slugging percentage: Aaron Miles -- .579
Batting average: Aaron Miles -- .368
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