16 homers in the last 19 games carried the St. Louis Cardinals back home to face the Braves in a showdown.
St. Louis’ new found power stroke is what was missing one month ago when they witnessed the start of Hotlanta, who now boasts a higher winning percentage than the second place Cards.
Tonight’s victory versus the Brewers was a defining moment for St. Louis. Jake Westbrook struggled again, but he started a 7 RBI blitz in the second inning with a double and then advanced to third base on a sac fly by utilizing his old man speed.
Westbrook helped his cause as both a pitcher and a pinch hitter with one swing while the bases were bursting. With an 8-6 final score, the struggling hurler’s double was clutch.
But the long ball stole the show.
That 6 run second inning onslaught featured a serious smash by Carlos Beltran that popped the Pepsi sign over center field. It also included Allen Craig slaying a ball that a red Cards fan swooped on in the bleachers.
Late in the game Big Country Matt Holliday added a shot into the left field corner that was McGwireesque.
My precise graph below shows that the Cardinals sticks are powering up at the right time.
Atlanta will be a monumental test for the Birdinals, especially after the thumping the Braves provided in late July. Now that the Redbirds feathers have been ruffled, it is time for revenge.
St Louis needs to continue using the powerful weapon from seasons past, complimented by new found quickness to defeat formidable foes who are leading their division by nearly 10 games. Tomorrow Machine Gun Kelly aims to reintroduce himself to Braves batters with their new Jason Heyward sized hole in their lineup. It all makes for an epic battle at Busch.
Feast baseball fans! Feast!
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