|Newest Cardinal outfielder Lance Berkman is swinging a hot bat|
Friday, April 15, 2011
The Cardinals are Coming! The Cardinals are Coming! And they Brought the Big Bats Too.
Get out of the streets and take cover. Balls that were struck by Cardinal bats are still in orbit as the Dodgers experienced a schalacking of epic proportions. Even celebrating Jackie Robinson day wasn’t effective in breaking the Dodgers losing streak and here we are, April 15th, and the club is already 5.5 games behind Colorado and two games under .500. The Dodgers lost to St. Louis tonIght 11-2 in embarrassing fashion.
The Cardinal bats woke up a few days ago in Arizona and have continued in blazing hot fashion in Dodger Stadium. Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols homered twice tonight in spectacular fashion. The Redbirds collected 19 hits against feeble Dodger pitching tonight in a game that they thoroughly dominated. That is 35 hits against the Dodgers in the first two games of the series.
It is not a great start, and it was just 4 days ago that I was feeling pretty good about this team.
Loney and Uribe continue to slump miserably as the Dodger offense has been limited to the likes of Ethier, Kemp, Carroll and Blake. The holes in this lineup are starting to be exposed and the small sample size excuse is starting to get old as Loney already has over 50 ABs and Uribe approaches the same level.
John Garland was rocked in his 2011 debut while Jansen, Hawksworth and Cormier again failed to finish their outings without allowing additional runs to score. The latter of the trio is quickly working his way off the roster. It has been an ugly week for the Dodgers who hope to turn their fortunes in the winning direction with Clayton Kershaw starting on Saturday after his fantastic outing last Monday against the Giants.