July 28, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Looper vs. unknown Brave

On-deck: The Cardinals will start the next leg of their road trip tonight at Turner Field in Atlanta versus the Braves at 6:00 p.m. CT. The series will be four games.

Probables: STL-Braden Looper RHP (9-8, 4.49) vs. ATL-to be announced

Birds' Perch: With Cardinals and Brewers losses against a late-inning comeback win by the Cubs yesterday, the Cubs take sole possession of first place in the NL Central. The Brewers fall one game behind in second place while the Cards fall four games behind in third place.

Chris Carpenter: Still on for a Wednesday start in Atlanta, most likely versus Jair Jurrjens RHP (10-5, 3.02).

Chris Duncan: Yet on the 15-day DL which started on July 22.

Adam Wainwright: Rehabbing on the DL with speculation for an early August return to action.

Righty-Lefty Cha-Cha: Switch hitter Cesar Izturis recently abandoned the strategy in favor of batting right-handed exclusively, his left-side average drastically lower than this natural right-side swinging numbers. But against a submarine style pitcher in New York, he batted left-handed once more, then abandoned it again. Make up my mind, already.

TLR closer confirmation: Manager Tony La Russa stated recently that Ryan Franklin is the closer, just to clear up any confusion between him and Jason Isringhausen as to who is taking on that role.

Whatcha done for me lately? The hottest Cards' bats over the last seven games.
  • Hits: Skip Schumaker -- 12
  • Doubles: Troy Glaus, Rick Ankiel, Yadier Molina, Aaron Miles -- 2
  • Home Runs: Albert Pujols -- 2
  • RBIs: Albert Pujols -- 5
  • On-base percentage: Skip Schumaker -- .438
  • Slugging percentage: Albert Pujols -- .516
  • Batting Average: Skip Schumaker -- .414
National League Triple Crown: The only Cardinal on the Triple Crown radar is Albert Pujols, who, with a .353 batting average, ranks second in that category behind Chipper Jones (.369) of the Atlanta Braves.