New Cardinals enjoying the National League

by on July 29, 2009 · 10 comments

Anyone following the Cardinals of late, or at least since the two most recent trades, is well aware that Julio Lugo and Matt Holliday are really hitting well right now.  Just how well?

Holliday:  .529/.609/.824 in 23 plate appearances. Holliday has yet to hit his first Cardinal home run, but five of his nine hits are doubles.  So far so good.

Lugo:  .474/.474/.947 in 19 plate appearances. He hasn’t drawn the walks that Holliday has, but he’s certainly seeing the NL pitching well.  Nine hits include one home run, two doubles, and two triples.  Lugo hit for the cycle in his first five at-bats with the team (but alas, not within the same game).

So the two most recently acquired players are working out quite well, but how about Mark DeRosa?

We all know about DeRo’s early struggles, his subsequent trip to the disabled list, and that he will require surgery on his wrist – and injury that may well rear its ugly head again at any moment.  Setting aside the lost time prior to the DL trip, how has DeRosa been in the eleven games since returning to action?

DeRosa:  .293/.348/.756 in 46 plate appearances. DeRo has been the supply of power out of the three new Cards so far.  Six of his twelve hits for the Cardinals are home runs.

Lest we forget, these three players have brought some semblance of order to not only the lineup, but the defense as well.

Couple these contributions with those of suddenly resurgent Rick Ankiel and the steady play of surprising Brendan Ryan at shortstop, and the Cardinals really do have  fearsome lineup.

Early returns on Cards GM John Mozeliak’s moves are good statistically, now the pitching must step up and provide some balance for this team.  Exciting time to be a Cardinal fan.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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