The Cards brought in solutions to try to plug some of the gaps created by the lack of production from the starters. Those solutions, Khalil Greene’s resurrection and the acquisition of Mark DeRosa, have not panned out as both have found themselves on the DL. However, the Cards are now 5-1 so far this month, after two months straight of sub-500 play (13-14 in May, 12-17 in June). They have found themselves back in first place, and a lot of it has been the resurgence of some important bats in the lineup: Ludwick and Rasmus.
Ludwick has 7 hits and 6 RBIs in the 6 games in July, and he’s hitting .333 during that span. Rasmus had a good June but didn’t have much power, only hitting 2 HRs in June. He’s already had 4 jacks in July, to go with a .500 avg.
Pujols had an unstoppable June, and his treatment around the league is rising to a Barry Bonds level, where managers have a tough time deciding every time around whether or not to walk El Hombre. You could even see the wheels turning in Dusty Baker’s head as Pujols came up as the go-ahead run with the bases loaded and his team up by three. He elected to pitch to him and Pujols nabbed his 10th career grand slam. With this guy hitting in front of him, Ludwick could have an absolute monster of a summer.