the cards promoted john gall, per mike smith at the p-d forums. skip schumaker is reportedly in the starting lineup, and therefore not the odd man out. could be scott rolen's bronchitis is worse than we were originally told; could be that ricardo rincon is getting the boot. . . . .
cardinal bats have just completed their best week of the season --.299 avg / .380 obp / .464 slug going back to last friday (the opener against the cubs), with 39 runs scored (avg 5.6/game). the runs have come in a steady stream, too -- at least 3 in each contest. the spurt has lifted the cardinals to 5th in the nl in scoring; they're also 5th in obp and 6th in slugging.
pujols and edmonds have gotten the big hits, but what's made the difference in the offense has been production in the 6, 7, and 8 slots. the first two weeks of the year, they hit a combined .234 with a .285 obp -- even with the scorching starts by miles and luna in the 8 hole. over the last week, the card down-order batters hit an aggregate .305 with a .382 obp, thanks mainly to so taguchi and scott spiezio.