Cards notebook: upcoming AL trip, happy stats and lineup

Cards notebook: upcoming AL trip, happy stats and lineup

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

(BaseballStL) — After finishing three with the Boston Red Sox, the Cardinals embark on a three game trip to AL territory when they visit the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. 

The brief trip will afford the Birds the luxury of a designated hitter, and Mike Matheny said Wednesday Matt Holliday is the likely candidate for the spot. 

Unlike their previous interleague road stretch of seven games in early June, the club likely won’t be calling up anyone from Memphis to bolster the lineup. 

The previous stretch resulted in a call up of Randal Grichuk, who got 16 plate appearances while St. Louis was in AL territory. This time, there’s not much opportunity for a player to come up and make an impact.

Instead, Holliday will likely DH and Shane Robinson will take up duties in left. 

Pressbox Positives

After a loud entrance into the league, Oscar Taveras’ impact was rather muted until late. Those fretting over his lack of eye-popping numbers will find some comfort in the last five games. He’s hitting .294 with five RBIs, striking out only once and recording a hit in all five contests. 

Matt Carpenter’s average is down from last year’s .318 to .286, but he still has a lead over the rest of the MLB. With his 25th double Tuesday night, he has 80 in the last two seasons, more than any other player. 

Matt Adams and Jon Jay are loving inter league play. The big first baseman is hitting .391 against AL teams, while Jay is posting a .317 average. 

Trevor Rosenthal posts an MLB-leading 35 saves. It’s only the 14th season the Cardinals have a pitcher with 35 saves and if he picks up five more, he’ll be the fifth closer in franchise history to hit 40. The club record is 47.


1) Carpenter 3B

2) Wong 2B

3) Holliday LF

4) Adams 1B

5) Peralta SS

6) Pierzynski C

7) Taveras RF

8) Jay CF

9) Miller P