(BaseballStL) — Coming off a career-best performance from Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals look pick up their 25th win and possibly move within a game and a half of the division-leading Brewers.
A newfound offensive proficiency has helped St. Louis go 6-2 over their last eight games. They have scored four or more runs in all eight, and never had less than six hits.
Tuesday’s 5-0 win saw the Birds mark a hit in eight of the nine innings, and score every run after two outs.
“We’ve had a good little run here but I think we’re still defining ourselves and our identity as a club,” Mike Matheny said, tempering his enthusiasm. “I think what we’ve seen here lately looks a whole lot more palatable as compared to what we’ve seen the bulk of this season.”
The team average has climbed steadily in May, reaching .252 with Tuesday’s 10-hit game.
By the Numbers
In the spirit of keeping the hit parade rolling, Daniel Descalso will get a start at short over Jhonny Peralta. Peralta’s numbers against Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy are abysmal, going 1-for-20 in his career.
The 31-year-old overcame the odds Tuesday against Bronson Arroyo, picking up a double and a homer when he was previously 2-for-14 against the righty. Still, Matheny didn’t feel like testing history twice.
“You see Jhonny have a really good day yesterday on a guy he didn’t have good numbers on,” he said. “You could try to push that again and say ‘Well maybe he’ll beat the odds of what history shows us,’ or say ‘that was a great day to build on.’”
Descalso will make his sixth start in place of Peralta, something Matheny said is important
“We have to keep guys like Dan Descalso sharp, have to keep them engaged. You have some tough numbers with Jhonny and McCarthy that opened the door, he said. “He’s a good player. He’s a big part of this team.”
For what it’s worth, Descalso is 2-for-2 against McCarthy.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Kolten Wong 2B
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Matt Adams 1B
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Allen Craig RF
7) Peter Bourjos CF
8) Daniel Descalso SS
9) Michael Wacha P