The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled much of the season to hit.
But it appears their bats are coming to life at the right time.
The Redbirds pounded out 13 hits Monday night against the Washington Nationals, scoring eight runs in an important come from behind win.
Over the last two weeks several important pieces have come to life:
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Trade deadline acquisition Brandon Moss is batting .333 with two homers a double and a triple.
Mark Reynolds is hitting .333 with two homers and three doubles.
Jason Heyward is batting .350 with three doubles and two triples.
Stephen Piscotty, who has given the Cardinals a tremendous boost since being called up to the major leagues, is hitting .333 with three homers, two doubles and two triples.
Tommy Pham is hitting .351 with two triples and a double.
Yadier Molina is batting .333 with a homer and a pair of doubles.
Not only are the starting eight (at least the starting eight left after injuries to starters Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk) contributing. But despite the depletion of the roster, the bench is the best it has been all season so far.
It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals make up their post-season roster with seemingly more players than available jobs when the players who are out start to return.
Assuming the starters will be Matt Carpenter, Jason Heyward, Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, Molina, Grichuk and Wong are the starting eight and Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, John Lackey and Jaime Garcia are the five starting pitchers, that’s 13 spots with 12 left for the bullpen and bench.
Bullpenners Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Steve Cishek, Seth Maness, Randy Choate and Jonathon Broxton seem like locks for the roster. That’s six more sports with six left and Tony Cruz will get one more as the backup catcher, leaving five to be selected from:
Piscotty, Pham, Peter Bourjos, Reynolds, Moss, Greg Garcia, Pete Kozma, Adams and pitchers Jordan Walden (if healthy), Sam Tuivailala, Tyler Lyons, Miguel Socolovich and Tim Cooney. Then there is the possibility that Adam Wainwright could be back.