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3 Up, 3 Down: Ludwick's happy move

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A look at Monday's best and worst performances:

3 Up
1. Ryan Ludwick, OF, Cardinals.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa revised the lineup against the Mariners. He moved Matt Holliday to the No. 2 spot and put Ludwick behind Albert Pujols in the cleanup spot. Move paid off. Ludwick went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Ludwick has three homers and 12 RBIs in St. Louis' last 10 games, and hitting behind Pujols will increase productivity. Keep tabs on how long La Russa sticks with this arrangement.

2. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers. Braun hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in against the Angels. Braun is 5-for-16 (.312) with two homers and eight RBIs in Milwaukee's last four interleague games. He's still hitting just .236 in June, but Monday's outburst certainly is a step in the right direction.

3. John Buck, C, Blue Jays. Buck hit a pair of homers in Monday's win against the Padres, his third multi-homer game of the season. Buck has enjoyed modest success in June (.294, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs), and he hits his homers in bunches. Give him a few more days in the lineup.

3 Down
1. Chris Tillman, SP, Orioles.
Tillman lasted just two innings against the Giants. He allowed six runs on six hits and one walk. Tillman has pitched just 9.1 innings in his last three starts, all losses. He possesses a 13.50 ERA in that stretch. Even in a he-could-be-good start at San Diego on Sunday, Tillman can't be trusted.

2. Chase Headley, 3B/OF Padres. Headley went 0-for-4 for the second consecutive game. He's hitting .245 with no homers and two RBIs in June, and that includes no stolen bases. Headley is a .259 hitter at Petco Park, and the Padres will be there for the remainder of the week. He's also just a .211 hitter against lefties, and the Friars face southpaws Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero for the next two days.

3. Erick Aybar, SS, Angels. Aybar went 0-for-3 and left Monday's game against the Brewers with a hyper-extended left knee. There's no word yet as to whether or not Aybar will hit the disabled list, but the Halos and AL-only leaguers might be short another infielder for a while.

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