Sanders Hitting On Fire
One cardinal outfielder has been providing plenty of offense so far this post season and he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Reggie Sanders had a first-inning two-point home run over the left field bullpen that gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, and gave Sanders his 12th RBI in four games this post season.
"When you hit a home run in that situation, it is gratifying, and then when you hit home plate then you've forgotten about it, and you gotta move forward," Sanders said.
"What a lift he's given us. Four straight games now. He's been so clutch against good pitching, really good pitching," said Tony Larussa, Cardinals Manager.
Sanders drove in ten runs in the first round to set a division series record, and has picked up right where he left off in the national league championship series.
"There are times when I've been hot but it was kind of shoved under the table, and so now things are finally going in the right direction for me," said Sanders.
Eight of Sanders' 12 RBIs have come in support of game-one starter Chris Carpenter. Only two have come behind Thurday night's starting pitcher Mark Mulder, who says he's feeling fine after being hit in the arm by a line drive in game two of the division series.
"I've never been hit like that before. It was just a dead on, just a full blow, but i can field my position okay. I'm not going to. If i start worrying about being ready for a line drive too soon, that means I'm not finishing my pitches"