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Struggling Birds bats starting to come around

As the Cardinals hit the road for Arizona, it appears their bats may finally be starting to warm up.

Matt Holliday, no doubt slowed by the illness that caused him to miss one start and parts of two other games, was hitless in the Birds' six-game homestand before busting out Sunday night with three hits in three at bats to push his batting average from .262 up to .311.

Riding a 22 at bat hitless streak stretched over six games, Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 Sunday. But his one hit was a big one: A no doubter line drive home run that couldn't have been hit any harder. Rasmus has had to face a lot of lefty pitching lately, which is probably at least partially to blame for his problems at the dish. Batting .357 at the start of the St. Louis homestand, his average in now .188.

Pressing something awful at the plate, Brendan Ryan seemed lately like he was just waiting to make an out so he could writhe in anger as soon as the first base umpire called him out. But he managed a pair of hits Saturday, his first multi-hit game of the season. He then followed it up with two more hits Sunday to give him a .400 average over his last 10 at bats.

Ryan Ludwick, who was hitting .143 when the homestand began, hit his first homer of the season Sunday night in a 2-for-2 night with three walks. He was 11-for-25 on the homestand and raised his BA to .304.

Unfortunately, while the others are starting to show signs of life, Albert Pujols is struggling. Pujols was 2-for-14 against the Mets and hasn't had an RBI in five games. Maybe now that he is getting some help, Pujols will stop feeling like he has to carry the team and settle back down.