Cheap Seats

Cardinals at Marlins, June 10

So much for my planned post mocking a certain convenience store chain for its promotion to give away cheap drinks if the Cardinals scored six runs or more.

We could have all died of dehydration in instances between the Cardinals lighting up the scoreboard with half a dozen runs. Then they go and score a baker's dozen Wednesday night.

I was initially opposed to the idea of Colby Rasmus being moved into the cleanup slot because I was afraid it would be too much pressure on the rookie. But, even if it is a temporary solution, the kid has proven he can keep his composure and his hot hand while hitting behind Albert Pujols in arguable the highest pressure slot in a National League batting order.

Meanwhile, the guy I thought of when posed the question about Rasmus as the cleanup man is starting to hit again, too. Rick Ankiel, whose pitching career was ended due to a meltdown under the pressure of starting a game on the mound in the playoffs when he was a rookie, was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs.

Cardinals Star of the game: Even though Ankiel had one more hit, I'm giving this one to Rasmus because I believe his consistency at the plate is more responsible for helping the Birds get their bats in gear. While the rest of the team has seemingly slumped at once, Rasmus has hit .438 over his last 10 games and he is starting to consistently hit for power and contact.

Lowlight: Chris Duncan is painful to watch right now. He's a machine at hitting ground balls to second base. I really think he is overswinging to try to make up for his power outage and he needs to just hit the ball consistently. I would prefer to see him take the pitches he's pounding into the ground over the second baseman's head for a single or even a double than watch him hack away for a long ball and hit .206 over his last 10 games. I want to give Duncan credit though for continuing to play all out despite his hitting woes. He hustled every ball out last night and he nearly beat a couple of them out. No small feet for a big man to make a routine play a close one.