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Cards Offense Turning Corner?

Cards Offense Turning Corner?

Credit: AP

St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman, right, is congratulated by teammate Matt Holliday, left, after Berkman hit a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Juan Guttierez in the ninth inning of an MLB baseball game Monday, April 11, 2011, in Phoenix. The home run was Berkman's second of the game. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

The Cardinals are 4-7, but it appears their bats are finally beginning to heat up.

If you think Albert Pujols is going to continue to hit around .150 you should see a doctor quickly.  Tuesday night Pujols put together a three for five night which is a start.  I still need to see him come through with men in scoring position before I can say ‘okay Albert’s back,’ but it’s good to see him get on base. We will officially know number 5 is stroking the ball when he begins to drive the gaps, especially to right center.  Those days will come, Pujols will not hit .200 all season, please don’t be a crazy person and think that.

But if Pujols’ struggles do continue, it’s great to see Lance Berkman heating up because as of right now, he can be the guy to take some pressure off Pujols. Berkman has been such a great hitter in his career that you knew he’d eventually catch a bit of fire.  The question I have is, will he be a power threat all season?  I say probably not, but if he can crank out 20 to 25 homeruns and 80 RBI’s it will be considered a very successful year for the former Cardinal nemesis.  During his last two games, Berkman has five hits, five RBI’s, including three home runs; I’ll take it.

Kyle McClellan, who’s looking very solid as a starter, said yesterday on 101 ESPN radio, that the Cardinals need a guy to step up every night, that the Redbirds need people who can pick each other up if the other guy is having an off night, and I couldn’t agree more.  I think that’s what we’re seeing right now with the Cardinals.  I believe this team has enough of the right guys to do just that.  If Pujols has a bad night, Berkman can pick him up.  If Holliday isn’t swinging a good stick one night, Freese can crank out a hit or two to help. If the Birds are to rebound from a slow start, and I know it’s easier said than done, but the Cardinals just need to pick one another up.

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Jeff Abeln is apart for the News 4 sports team. You can contact him at JAbeln@kmov.com

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