The Cardinals are Heating up at the Right Time


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Albert Pujols shows love to the fans after hitting a home run in a 16-7 win against the Diamondbacks on August 20.

Kody Moore, Staff writer

Since the beginning of August, the Cardinals have been on a roll. The red-hot ballclub is 17-5 over the last 22 games. 

Many fans questioned the Cardinals organization after being one of the top bidders for 23-year-old superstar Juan Soto at the Mlb trade deadline. 

Instead of trading for Soto, the Cardinals exchanged fan favorite Harrison Bader to the Yankees for lefty pitcher Jordan Montgomery. Jordan Montgomery has been dominant since coming over. He has only allowed one run in four starts for the ball club.

Since August 10, Albert Pujols in his final year picks up the pace to try to reach the 700 home run mark, a mark that only three hitters have ever reached. Pujols is at a total of 693 home runs. He has a batting average of .548 with seven home runs in his last 10 games. 

Even though Pujols is on a hot streak, the Dominican-born right-handed hitter recently told the press that this is his final season.

Another hot streak has come to light this week. Lefty-hitter Corey Dickerson recently broke a franchise record hitting with 10 hits in 10 at-bats.  

“Ever since I came back from my injury, I’ve tried to swing with more intent and get off good swings,” Dickerson said. “It’s just hard to do sometimes when you aren’t in there.”

Next, Yadier Molina recently took a two-day break on the reserved list due to his basketball team making the championship game in Puerto Rico. 

“The people need it in Puerto Rico,” Molina states, “Obviously, to be around there with the people, with the team, it’s good for the people down there.”

Finally, Jack Flaherty is ramping up in the AA. On Sunday, August 21, the righty threw 66 pitches over 4 innings. Including getting out of jams in the third and fourth inning. This is Flaherty’s third consecutive start in AA. 

“If he can give us the last month as a starter and then October, the playoffs, that’s what we would like,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “We will see how he comes out of this rehab process. But we’re encouraged. We’re definitely encouraged.”