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Hot-hitting Cardinals demolish Dodgers, find way to .500 mark

Apr 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

Albert Pujols, Rod Barajas, Chad Fairchild

The Cardinals’ offense was sputtering in a big way last week, with some asking if impending free agent Albert Pujols was pressing after getting off to the worst start of his career.

What a difference a week makes.

Pujols and Lance Berkman both homered twice in last night’s 11-2 drubbing of the Dodgers. Pujols has three home runs in the past two games and three multi-hit games in his past four. Can’t keep that guy down for long. Meanwhile, the suddenly resurgent Berkman has six home runs in last 19 at-bats. Only Troy Tulowitzki has hit more home runs so far this season.

And then we get to the Cardinals’ offense as a whole, which is currently producing at a historic level. Including their 19-hit performance against the Dodgers last night, they’ve collected at least 14 hits in each of their last five games. According to the Associated Press via NBCSports.com, the Cardinals haven’t done that since Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 1930, when they had 14 hits or more in six straight.

The Cardinals have won three in a row and five out of six, reaching the .500 mark (7-7) for the first time this season. They’ll try to stay hot tonight against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has a 1.37 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio over his first three starts this season. And that’s no easy task.

  1. elmaquino - Apr 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! Games are WAY more fun to watch than they were at the beginning of the year!

    • fatcatt - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Isnt this still the beginning of the year?

  2. cintiphil - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t think anyone said they could not hit. They have a murderers row second to none in the Major league. I would say they rank in the top three or four hitting lineups of all time. With Albert, Holliday and now Berkman (whose demise was a little premature), they scare the hell out of me. However, the pitching without Wainwright is weak, and they are fortunate to face a weak hitting Dodger team. They probably will have to score 8 or 9 runs a game to win most games. That is just an opinion. In the meantime the Reds are facing some serious pitching problems early on, and I am afraid of Milwaukee. This is going to be a very fun season to watch.

    • fatcatt - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      You said it. And the Dodgers rotation isnt much better at least at the moment. Obviously Berkman wont keep this up and nagging injuries will return. He is what? 34. Its good to see him playing well but unfortunately he will find the DL probably sooner rather than later.

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