St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is not happy with the way his team started the season.
The Cardinals will look to bounce back from a disappointing opening series when they begin a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.
The Cardinals opened the season by dropping three of four to the Milwaukee Brewers.
“We just can’t talk about it, you’ve got to fix it and you’ve got to do better,” La Russa said. “If we play like this the rest of the year, we’re not going to be very good. I just don’t believe that’s true.”
Albert Pujols, who finished second in the National League MVP voting last season, hit his first two home runs of the year Thursday, but the Cardinals lost to the Brewers 11-5.
“I wouldn’t say it’s real frustrating,” Pujols said. “We still have 158 games. Just because you lose a series, you can’t let it get to you.”
The Diamondbacks opened the season by taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies. Richie Sexson, acquired in an offseason trade with the Brewers, hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Thursday to lead Arizona to a 6-5 win in the series finale.
Sexson, who hit 45 home runs last season, also homered in the Diamondbacks’ 9-5 victory on Wednesday.