Sunday Summary: St. Louis Cardinals Keep Winning

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Sunday Summary: St. Louis Cardinals Keep Winning

There isn't much more to say about this week than the title. The Redbirds were hit with an awkward double-header, a lot of difficult injuries, and even more rookies making debuts. Here we go.

GOOD:

Skip Schumaker:

Skip raised his average 13 points this week, and had seven RBI. He has given the Cardinals a constant source of energy and solid defense. When he's hitting, he's an everyday player.

Mark Worrell:

Worrell made his debut this week with three scoreless innings and a three-run homer in his first major league AB. His awkward delivery gives hitters problems, and his tough mentality allows him to get out of sticky situations.

Resiliency:

The club had a really weird week this week. There's no graceful way of putting it. The top two starters on the team, Todd Wellemeyer and Adam Wainwright, left starts early with injuries, and Rick Ankiel and Albert Pujols have also been hurt, among others.

Comebacks against Washington and Houston showed the type of heart this team has. The club won four of seven, and gained ground on the Cubs.

BAD:

Mike Parisi:

This guy obviously is not ready to start in the bigs, as he got blasted again in his second big league start. There's not much to say about him, but he did help the club with his early long-relief appearances, so fans should be easy on him.

Injuries:

Wainwright, Wellemeyer, Ankiel, and Pujols all missed time this week and Piñero is still out with groin stiffness, so Looper and Lohse are the only two healthy regular starters at this time. Time will tell how serious the injury situation is, but the bullpen will definitely start to tire if it has to continue to throw a lot of innings.

NEUTRAL:

Braden Looper:

He's given up eight runs, but only five earned in his last 11.2 IP. He doesn't always appear comfortable on the mound. I think it'd be most productive if Tony La Russa removed him from a starter's role back to the 'pen, but injuries make that unrealistic right now. He also went two for two earlier this week at the dish, and scored twice.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

It's only June, but this week could be huge for the Cards.

The pitching staff could enter a danger zone if starters can't go deep into games and injuries continue to deplete the staff. Series in Cincy and against the Phillies will be tough, but if the Cards want to remain a contender, they'll need to go at least .500 in a week like this.

Mitchell Boggs is slated to make his first big-league start on Tuesday against the Reds' Homer Bailey. Hopefully he'll be better than Parisi has been. Watch to see if the Cardinals are patient and make Bailey pitch to them, and if they can provide Boggs with some run support.

Lastly, keep an eye on the status of the rotation. Wainwright and Wellemeyer are listed as day-to-day, so hopefully they'll make their scheduled starts this week, possibly on a pitch count or under careful watch.

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