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    Albert Pujols appears to have found his rhythm at the plate.
    The All-Star first baseman hopes to continue his hot streak Saturday when the St. Louis Cardinals play the third game of their four-game set against the San Francisco Giants.

    Pujols has been on a torrid pace over the last three games, hitting 6-for-12 with three homers and seven RBIs. His recent power surge came after he endured the longest season-opening homer drought of his career, while going 8-for-25 (.320) with one RBI.

    Pujols went 2-for-5 on Friday with a three-run shot and an RBI double as the Cardinals (8-3) won 8-2 at San Francisco (4-7), a night after a 5-1 series-opening loss.

    Pujols is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with three homers -- all at AT&T Park -- and 13 RBIs in his last 11 games against the Giants.

    "There's only a few hitters like him in the game," Cardinals rookie left fielder Brian Barton said. "His approach to the game is remarkable. I love watching him prepare, and I try to emulate some of what he does."

    Barton and Skip Schumaker may have helped spur Pujols' season-high RBI total on Friday by combining to go 5-for-10 with Schumaker scoring four times, while hitting in front of the 2005 NL MVP.

    "You get guys on base, as tough as (Pujols) is, it's hard to give him four balls," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "You have to credit Skip and Brian."

    Schumaker has shaken off a slow start to the season by going 9-for-18 with two doubles, a triple and seven runs over the last four games. The right fielder is 9-for-15 (.600) with a homer and seven runs in his last five games against the Giants.

    The Cardinals' Todd Wellemeyer (1-0, 2.25 ERA) is looking for another strong start, but hopes his teammates can continue to generate runs after they produced none to help him in his last outing.

    The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings Monday as St. Louis lost 5-3 at Houston. That performance came after he limited reigning NL champion Colorado to one run and four hits while fanning six in five innings of an 8-3 victory on April 2.

    Wellemeyer won his only career start against San Francisco on July 8, giving up two hits in five innings of a 7-0 victory.

    The Giants send Matt Cain (0-1, 3.60) to the mound for his first start against St. Louis.

    The right-hander has been erratic through two starts this season. He allowed five runs and seven hits, including a homer, with five walks and as many strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-4 loss to San Diego on Monday. That was in stark contrast to his season debut on April 1 when he allowed three hits with five strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings of San Francisco's 3-2 loss at Los Angeles.

    Bengie Molina, who had the night off Friday, is 7-for-17 with two homers and six RBIs over the last four games. The catcher leads the Giants with three homers and eight RBIs.

    Despite his strong showing, Molina is still only hitting .227 (5-for-22) against the Cards.
    Last edited by 007; 04-12-2008, 02:10 PM. Reason: formatting
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  • #2
    Great to see the Cards off to a good start with some new, younger faces playing key roles. Keep it up.
    You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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    • #3
      I am going to this game. GO CARDINALS!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF View Post
        I am going to this game. GO CARDINALS!
        Have fun! I'll try to find you in the stands when I'm watching. Oh wait, WE DON'T GET THE FUCKING GAME ON TV. Dammit, this really pisses me off.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF View Post
          I am going to this game. GO CARDINALS!
          Keep your head down. I know how those Giant fans can be to people that root for the opposing team.
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          • #6
            You know how you can tell things are going real good for the Cardinals right now?

            Cesar Izturis has a .405 OBP.
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            • #7
              This will be the first time the Cardinals have ever faced Matt Cain.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                Have fun! I'll try to find you in the stands when I'm watching. Oh wait, WE DON'T GET THE FUCKING GAME ON TV. Dammit, this really pisses me off.

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                Why not not show some random weekday game...not a freaking Saturday afternoon game when people can, you know, actually watch?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StlCardz1982 View Post
                  You know how you can tell things are going real good for the Cardinals right now?

                  Cesar Izturis has a .405 OBP.
                  would that one dude have been caught stealing last night if izturis had held onto the ball? it seems like he would have, but I only saw the play once.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                    would that one dude have been caught stealing last night if izturis had held onto the ball? it seems like he would have, but I only saw the play once.
                    Did that guy score?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF View Post
                      I am going to this game. GO CARDINALS!
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                      • #12
                        No TV, no pin??

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                        • #13
                          We'll have to keep bumping the thread until someone pins it.

                          Wow, sole possession of first place. I plan to enjoy this while it lasts.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 007 View Post
                            Did that guy score?
                            oh well I don't know. No?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                              oh well I don't know. No?
                              Nope, he was stranded...

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