With their June schedule completed, the St. Louis Cardinals posted a record of 13-14 in the month and trail the Cincinnati Reds by three games in the National League Central. The team has seen some good play in June, but several players will be glad to see the calendar turn to July.
Rafael Furcal, SS - After tearing up the league in May to a .349 tune, Furcal's average stood at .333 entering June. He's only managed 18 hits in the month (after 38 in May) and has hit only .176. He has also seen his overall on-base percentage drop from nearly .400 to below. 350. The Cards' offense obviously goes better with Furcal setting the table at the top of the lineup, so they need him to turn things around moving into July.
Lance Lynn, SP - It's hard to write that Lynn had a bad month considering he leads the team and is tied for second in the NL with 10 wins. But Lynn's pitching clearly declined in June. In April and May Lynn posted ERAs of 1.33 and 3.44 respectively, but that number ballooned to 5.67 in June. He is also not pitching as deeply into games, having thrown just 33 and a third innings in his six June starts. Today against the Pirates he lasted just five innings and surrendered six earned runs.
Skip Schumaker, OF - After a good May when he hit .306 with a solid on-base percentage of .362, Schumaker has had a tough June. To start, he only played in nine games in the month after a stint on the disabled list interrupted his season. He has hit just .182 with just a single RBI in June.
The Bullpen - We'll include the bullpen collectively to this list. The pen has been awful in June. In fact, after last night's meltdown against the Pirates (five innings, eight hits, seven runs), the Cardinals demoted Eduardo Sanchez and Sam Freeman and brought up two more fresh arms from Memphis. For the season, the team's bullpen is 7-14 with an ERA of 4.67, good for 14th in the sixteen-team league. The team is obviously going to have to get its relief woes figured out if they want to catch the Reds for the Central Division title.A native of St. Louis, Brad Boeker has rooted for the Cardinals for over 40 years.
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