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April 27, 2011

Cardinals Cling to First Place In Tight NL Central

by @ 6:26 pm. Filed under 2011 Cardinals

Record wise, the Cardinals are in a tie for first place with the Reds and the Brewers are just a half game back of that.  Of course when you’re only a game over .500, there’s not a whole lot to brag about either but a lead is a lead and right now, 12-11 is good enough for first place.

Albert Pujols has been the man but he’s gotten help from Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.  Holliday is hitting .407 and while he has just two home runs, he still sports a .627 slugging percentage and he has thirteen strikeouts versus eleven walks.  Lance Berkman has been very effective too and he’s a home run behind Albert for the league lead but he’s hitting .378.  Pujols in the meantime is only hitting .250, but he has the power numbers (seven home runs) to make up for it a little.  Still, once Albert really heats up, things are going to be interesting.

On the pitching side, Kyle Lohse is off to a fantastic start.  He always has the nice strikeout to walk ratio but 22 to 4 is a little ridiculous.  He’s 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and his lone loss was his first start where he gave up four runs.   He’s gone at least seven innings in all of his starts so far.  Jaime Garcia has also been top notch.  He has 30 strikeouts and his strikeout to walk ratio is almost as good as Lohse’s.  Of course Chris Carpenter is 0-3 so like Pujols, hopefully when he gets back on track this team will start to hum.

The Cardinals finish up against Houston then head to Atlanta this week.  Hopefully they can give themselves some breathing room in this tight race.  Also, the fact that the Cardinals are in first place means it’s going to be tougher to get Cardinals tickets going forward.  The Cardinals are always near the top in attendance so you might want to get your tickets now while you still can.

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