The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off a good road trip which saw them win six of nine games, including a five game winning streak. The team has stayed steady in the NL Central. The Cards trailed Cincinnati by a game and a half entering June, and that's where they sit now. With two games left in June, here are some of the Cardinals who shined in June.
Matt Holliday, OF - Holliday started slowly in 2012, but has gradually raised his batting average to its current mark of .300. He has hit .345 in June. Though he hasn't matched his 21 RBIs of May, but he is still in the league's top ten for runs driven in. What began as a frustrating season for Holliday has turned into a very productive one.
Carlos Beltran, OF - Beltran, as crazy as it sounds, is a Triple Crown contender in the National League. He leads the NL with 59 RBIs and is tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun with a league-leading 20 home runs. Granted, his .312 average trails the leaders by a considerable margin, but Beltran is giving the Cardinals a tremendous season. In June Beltran has hit .344 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.
David Freese, 3rd base - Freese was a concern to Cardinals fans last month, and it's been nice to see him come back to form in June. He seemed lost in May, hitting just .211 with a low on-base percentage of .280. Fortunately he has bounced back with a solid June. He is hitting .316 in June, helped by a torrid 10 for 21 clip over the last seven days.
Kyle Lohse, SP - Lohse is another Cardinal who suffered through a tough May, wining only one of six starts and posting an unsightly 5.08 ERA. June has told a different tale. Lohse is 2-1 in June with a terrific 1.80 ERA. He helped the Cards win their fifth game in a row with a sharply-pitched game at Miami Tuesday.
Jason Motte, RP - The bullpen has been a problem for the Cardinals in 2012, but Motte is having a good season in his first year as full-time closer. He has eight saves in June against a single blown save. I'd still love to see more three up-three down 9th innings, but Motte is getting the job done for the Cardinals.A native of St. Louis, Brad Boeker has rooted for the Cardinals for over 40 years.
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