A week filled with no-no’s saw some flirtation with perfection at Busch Stadium. Jaime Garcia and Yovanni Gallardo had some back-to-back near perfect performances, as Gallardo became the first pitcher to shut down the Cards hot bats in weeks.
The Cardinals continue their string of division rivals traveling to Chicago and Cincinnati in week 6. They have a promising week of matchups, which could mean some high scoring games from an already scorching hot offense. The Cubs hope to dampen the flame with Zambrano, Garza, and Coleman. Then, the Reds will pitch Arroyo, and then most likely Cueto and Wood. There should be some offense on display as the top two run producing teams in the league play at Great American.
Skip Schumaker is still a week or more away from returning.
David Freese had surgery on his broken hand and is out until after the All-Star Break. Keep him on your roster if you have the room as he is proving to be a valuable commodity.
Ryan Theriot was hit in the shin by a pitch but should not miss much time.
If you had to own a guy from the Cardinals bullpen, it should probably be Eduardo Sanchez. If you had to own two, the second would be Fernando Salas. Would you want to own any until someone emerges as a clear closer? No.
Colby Rasmus has started to hit again. He’s had three multi-hit games last week and is hitting the ball hard even when he makes outs. His HR/FB % is only at 7%, with the road trip ahead (he has a 1.036 lifetime OPS at Cincinnati) expect some of that to regress (in a good way). He’s walking more (14th most in baseball), striking out less and I still expect his best season yet. He, Holliday, Berkman, and Pujols are in the top nine in the league in runs scored this season.
Matt Holliday is still hitting the ball well and even though his batting average finally fell below .400 he’s still coming up clutch batting .500 with runners in scoring position.
Jaime Garcia threw 7 perfect innings Friday and nailed down his second shutout of the year. In his worst outing of the year, Garcia gave up 3 ER in 5.1 IP. With Carpenter’s early frustrations, Garcia is the best Cardinal starter to own currently. Garcia is going deep into games (averaging over 6 IP a start) and he is doing it with pitch efficiency with 102 being his highest pitch count of the year.
Ryan Theriot has gone 5-28 in his last 8 games dipping his batting average back below .300. A guy with little to no pop who is on pace to steal about 15 bases only really offers you a good average. When he’s not doing that, he loses all worth. That’s why we stay away from guys like Theriot in mixed leagues.