Bird Droppings - 9/9

By Aaron Kirn

Garcia struggles vs. Brewers, Cardinals lose series.

Three runs in the 3rd and four in the 4th was more than enough for the Brew Crew as they took the final two games of the series against St. Louis.  Jamie Garcia (13-7) got the loss raising his ERA to 2.69.  The big blow came in the 4th when the rookie served up a three-run bomb off the bat of Ryan Braun.

“I was trying to do too much,” Garcia said.

In his three previous starts, Garcia had a dazzling 0.86 ERA.  It was simply not his night; the velocity wasn’t there and you have to start to wonder if the rookie’s arm is tiring this late in the season. For the rest of the recap, click here.

Triple Crown Race, Is Prince Albert still in the running?

Never count Sir Albert out.  Pujols provided the Cards with their only offense on Wednesday night with a solo blast in the 1st inning.  His numbers are impressive, but he still trails in two of the three triple crown categories.

Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols #5  1B   Ave .311 (6th)   HR 36 (1st)  RBI 98 (2nd)

Odds anyone will win the triple crown are slim, but someone better keep an eye on Carlos Gonzalez, before he takes the NL MVP away from Joey Votto or Albert Pujols.    Complete Leaders

Rocky series for Cincy, Reds lose 4th straight

Speaking of Carlos Gonzalez and Joey Votto, the Red and Rockies went head-to-head in Colorado with the Rockies taking the first three of the four-game series.  Unfortunately, St. Louis was only able to gain one game on Cincinnati.  It’s doubtful their struggles continue much longer, but the Cards definitely need to capitalize on Cincinnati’s recent funk. Updated Standings

Cardinals @ Braves – Preview

The Cardinals open a game series with the Atlanta Braves (80-60) who are battling for first place in the NL East.  Atlanta is currently one-half game back of Philadelphia in the division, and first in the wild card 6.5 ahead of St. Louis.  This series is make or brake for the Cardinals, and they’ll have their work cut out for them as Atlanta is a MLB best 49-19 at home this season

Adam Wainwright (17-10, 2.34) gets the start in game one.  His counterpart, Jair Jerrjens (7-4, 4.10) will try to shut down the Redbird  offense.   Full Preview

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