Cardinals After All-Star Break

Zacharee CurtisContributor IIIJuly 22, 2010

ST. LOUIS - JULY 18: Albert Pujols #5, Brendan Ryan #13, Matt Holliday #7 all of the St. Louis Cardinals celibrate Holliday's walk-off RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium on July 18, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-4.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals began the second half of the season with a 7 game win streak all at home against the Dodgers and Phillies.  The Cardinals came into the day with their longest win streak since 2004.  The Cardinals winning streak came to an end today with an 11 inning 2-0 loss to the Phillies.  

During the winning streak Cardinals SP's were 5-0 with 26K's and 10ER's in 44.1 innings pitched.  Chris Carpenter had 2 of the 5 wins with 16 innings pitched and 2ER's.  Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin had 2 saves and 1 win during the win streak.  

Matt Holliday and the Cardinals scored 42 runs over the 7 games.  Holliday has been the Cardinals hottest hitter hitting .474 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI's and 4 runs. The Cardinals have 8 home runs as a team since the All Star Break.  Albert Pujols is batting .320 with 1 home run, 4 RBI's, 5 runs and 2 stolen bases to get his season total to 11.  The biggest surprise hitter for the Cardinals has been Jon Jay who was called up when Ryan Ludwick went down with a strained calf. Jay has been batting .385 with 2 RBI's and 6 runs.  

The Cardinals offense struggled today against Cole Hamels and the Phillies managing only 1 hit from Matt Holliday.  The Cardinals should continue to keep this pace up the rest of the season with a possible major trade for Roy Oswalt before the deadline which would make the Cardinals rotation a nightmare for teams in the Playoffs.