Here is a look at who’s hot and who’s not for the Cardinals:
Yadier Molina, C: After suffering a pair of 0-for-4 games, he powered the Cardinals to their 7-1 victory at Miami on Wednesday night by going 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs. That was his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine outings. Molina was 11 for 37 during that span with four runs scored and six RBIs. After hitting .315 in July he is batting .297 in August. How does he keep doing this at his age?
Matt Carpenter, INF: Will he set a MLB record for solo homers this season? Every time you look up he’s smacked another one. Carpenter has six homers in his last nine games. He is 10 for 31 in August with two doubles, five homers, nine walks, nine runs scored, six RBIs and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.346.
Kolten Wong, 2B: Coming back from the disabled list, he picked up where he left off in July — salvaging his offensive season. Wong was 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and a run scored Wednesday. He is 7 for 17 since returning to active duty, lifting his batting average to .229. Back on July 2 Wong was batting just.188.
Paul DeJong, SS: Burdening DeJong with the No. 3 hitter assignment was one of manager Mike Shildt‘s worst ideas since he replaced Mike Matheny. DeJong isn’t the sort of consistent contact hitter who can flourish there. He has hit .190 in that slot with 18 strikeouts in 79 at bats. Back in the more comfortable No. 6 slot, DeJong has resumed hitting. In his last three games he is 4 for 11 with two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and four RBIs.
Marcell Ozuna, OF: His power switch is back to the “off” position. He has gone nine games without hitting a homer. But at least Ozuna has resumed delivering base hits; he hit a double and drew a walk Wednesday, leaving him 7 for 15 in his last four games. He also produced his first RBI in seven games. So that’s something.
Dakota Hudson, RP: Some day this elite prospect should be a cornerstone of the Cardinals starting rotation. For now, though, Hudson is stabilizing the beleaguered bullpen. He retired five batters without incident in relief of razor-sharp John Gant Wednesday to earn his third hold since arriving from Memphis. Hudson has thrown 8 2/3 shutout innings in his first six appearances for the Cardinals.
Mike Mayers, RP: He closed out the victory in a non-save scenario. Mayers (2-1, one save, five holds, 3.51 earned-run average) has allowed just one run in six innings over his last seven outings.
Jedd Gyorko, INF: He came off the bench to make an out Wednesday, pinch-hitting for Gant after the starting pitcher got an early hook. Gyorko is hitless in eight at bats in his last three games. Prior to that he enjoyed a nice 6-for-15 surge while establishing himself as the almost everyday third baseman under Shildt.
Adolis Garcia, OF: Welcome to the big leagues! He went hitless in four at bats in his Cardinals debut and he struck out twice. Garcia should get another start or two before returning to Memphis until his September call-up. After finally breaking through at the plate at the Triple-A level, his time is coming. Garcia has all the tools.