STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (8-5, 3.51 ERA)
Wainwright has settled into something of a pattern this season. He hasn't been efficient, getting into trouble far too often and running up high pitch counts. But he's shown an ability to limit the damage, locking down with men on base. It's added up to a lot of good but not great starts. The problem is that Wainwright and the team expect closer to great from Wainwright, who was the Opening Day starter at Busch Stadium.
Cain allowed five runs, matching his season-worst, in Friday's 5-1 loss at Milwaukee. But he still managed to look mostly effective, allowing six hits in seven innings and striking out nine. The decision ended his personal seven-game winning streak over a span of nine starts. Cain, who appears bound for the National League All-Star squad, has worked at least six innings in every start and has recorded 10 quality starts in 15 outings. He's living up to his workhorse reputation by averaging 105 pitches per game. Tidbits
The Cardinals' 10-0 loss to the Giants on Monday night came five days after they lost 11-0 to the New York Mets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in Cardinals history that the team has suffered two double-digit losses in less than a week. ... Albert Pujols became just the seventh player in history to record 30 home runs before July 1 on Tuesday. ... The Cardinals are only three games above .500 for the first time since they were 31-28 on June 9. Tickets
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Thursday: Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 6-7, 5.68) vs. Giants (Barry Zito, 4-7, 4.55), 6:15 p.m. CT
Friday: Cardinals (Joel Pineiro, 6-9, 3.44) at Reds (Homer Bailey, 1-0, 8.68), 6:10 p.m. CT
Saturday: Cardinals (Brad Thompson, 2-4, 4.69) at Reds (Micah Owings, 5-8, 4.63), 12:10 p.m. CT
B.J. Rains is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.