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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08
--The Cardinals' 19-10 start is their best since 1982, when they went on to win the World Series. They also started that year 19-10.

--RHP Ryan Franklin's ninth save to start the season is the best start by a Cardinals closer since Jason Isringhausen opened 2005 with 16 straight saves. Franklin had 17 saves for the Cardinals last year, but with Isringhausen injured but still on the club, Franklin never thought the job was his. "The ninth inning doesn't bother him," said manager Tony La Russa, who will be careful not to overuse Franklin, 36.

--Rookie RHP Mitchell Boggs, making his third start in place of injured RHP Chris Carpenter, didn't make five innings Wednesday, but the Cardinals are 3-0 in his starts. "I've got to get better," said Boggs, who threw 43 balls out of 85 pitches. "Obviously, I didn't have my best command, but I was able to get out of some jams. The guys played great tonight."

--Before Tuesday, 1B Albert Pujols hadn't homered off RHP Brad Lidge in the regular season, although his playoff home run off Lidge in 2005 was the stuff of legend. Pujols hit a 447-foot solo shot off Lidge in the ninth inning Tuesday. That was his only hit of the night, and his career average of .272 against Philadelphia is his lowest against National League teams. Pujols, however, reached base for the 26th straight game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Extra-base hits (a double by SS Brendan Ryan) out of the 20 hits the Cardinals had in Atlanta, where they won two of three games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He was always the guy. These guys we're developing as closers. ... they weren't there yet." -- Manager Tony La Russa on his preference for veteran RHP Ryan Franklin as his closer rather emerging young RHPs Jason Motte and Chris Perez.

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