Feels Like The First Time

(St. Louis – May 19, 2010)

Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals saw a change in the Cardinals line up. For the first time since May 30, 2003, Albert Pujols batted somewhere other than third. Prior to the start of the game, manager Tony La Russa decided to switch Matt Holliday and Pujols in the line up in the hopes that the scuffling Holliday could get his bat going.

What you probably didn’t know is Pujols had an active 10 game hit streak coming into the game. That’s right, a streak that spanned nearly seven years and over 1,000 games. How did that streak stay alive? The games of the streak were only when El Hombre batted clean up for the Cards and since he had not batted in that spot since 2003 the streak never officially ended. After two games of batting in the clean up spot, Pujols has stretched the streak to 12 games while going 4-7 in the series with Washington.

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Tonight the Redbirds welcome the Florida Marlins into Busch and Anibal Sanchez will be pitching for the Marlins. Can Pujols keep the streak alive? In his career he’s 0-2 facing the Marlins hurler with two strikeouts and a walk. Not good numbers but I guess that means he’s due.

My How Things Have Changed

The Last time Albert batted fourth was 1,046 games ago. Here’s how the Cardinals lineup has changed:

May 30, 2003                                                                   May 17, 2010

1. Miguel Cairo — 2B                                                            1. Felipe Lopez – SS
2. Orlando Palmeiro — CF                                                  2. Ryan Ludwick -RF
3. Eduardo Perez — RF                                                        3. Matt Holliday – LF
4. Albert Pujols — LF                                                           4. Albert Pujols – 1B
5. Scott Rolen — 3B                                                              5. Colby Rasmus – CF
6. Edgar Renteria — SS                                                       6. David Freese – 3B
7. Tino Martinez — 1B                                                         7. Yadier Molina – C
8. Mike Matheny — C                                                          8. Skip Schumaker – 2B
9. Garrett Stephenson — P                                                 9. Kyle Lohse – P

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