Adam Wainwright: Adam is definitely worthy of the ace title. He threw an eight inning, one ER gem this week against Houston, lowering his ERA to 2.86.
Todd Wellemeyer: Each time he pitches, I believe Wellemeyer might be a solid starter. He pitched seven great innings this week and appears to be getting better the more he starts.
Brian Barton: Tony La Russa stuck with Brian Barton after the Rule 5 pick slumped for the last few weeks, and it paid off. This week Barton went 4-for-8 with his first MLB homer.
Albert Pujols: El Hombre jacked his batting average up 23 points, and hit two big shots this week. He's definitely over the liner that he sent into Chris Young's nasal system.
Mike Parisi: He had an awful week, losing two games and pitching terribly in his first big league start, allowing eight ERs in only 2.2 innings pitched. I still think he'll be a great long man for this bullpen.
Adam Kennedy: Well, Birds fans, Adam has successfully returned to 2007 form, hitting like a complete scrub. He voiced his displeasure this week about getting a role player's job, saying that he has a hard time adjusting.
Hey Adam, start learning.
He had one hit in eight ABs this week, and his average is down to .242. Brendan Ryan and Aaron Miles are both much better at the dish and complain much less to the media.
Braden Looper: He had one bad start this week and one good. His ERA is up to 5.06, and I'm wondering if he wouldn't be better in the bullpen, where he's actually really good.
Ryan Franklin: He saved three games this week but gave up runs in two appearances. Chris Perez gave up a blast on Sunday to the Pirates, and I think management wants to give him more time before giving him the closer's role, so Franklin will need to keep finishing games, even if he makes it too exciting.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The Cards have been playing well of late, winning their past five series if they close out Pittsburgh on Monday. Yes, they are two games behind the Cubs, but no, there's nothing to worry about.
Cardinals fans need to stop worrying about other teams, especially the Cubbies. The Redbirds are playing a great brand of ball right now, and if they keep it up all year, they'll make the playoffs. Everything will fall into place, and the Cubs will play how they're going to play, regardless of whether we fans pay attention.
If the Cardinals make the Wild Card, that wouldn't be such a bad thing. So relax, everybody. The season's been a blast. Let's play ball.