ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Rafael Furcal can breathe a sigh of relief – the hitless streak is over. The slumping shortstop was stuck in a 0-for-23 slump before hitting a single in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Cardinals 5-3 win against the White Sox on Thursday.
The hitless streak, which was over six games, has dipped Furcal’s average from .319 to .292 and has forced manager Mike Matheny to find him a mental rest day soon in addition to the team’s off day on June 18.
Furcal’s struggles at the plate are noticed in the amount of runs scored by the Cardinals in those six games -- 12. Five of which came in the last game against the White Sox.
Now Furcal runs into a Kansas City team that he has played very few times in his career (three times to be exact). In 12 career at-bats, he is 3-for-12 with one home run, two walks and three RBIs. It should be noted that he has scored every time he has gotten on base against the Royals. Scoring a run is something he hasn’t done since June 7 when the Cardinals thumped the Houston Astros 14-2. Furcal has also been hitless in three at-bats against Friday’s starter Vin Mazzaro.
He has batted only .207 in the last 30 days including a .145 batting average in the month of June.