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Monday Morning Notebook

— After winning five of their last six games, the Cardinals are now 10th on the ESPN Power Rankings for this week, while the Cincinnati Reds are first.

— Lance Lynn, who starts against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, has allowed a .206 batting average and 2 home runsin 48.1 innings pitched at Busch Stadium this season.

— Cincinnati’s next 18 games are against teams with losing records.

Obviously I don’t put much stock into the ESPN power rankings, as they don’t mean a thing, but it’s nice to know the rest of the country has been taking note of the Cardinals play recently. This is a big series we got coming up tonight. With the Reds as hot as anyone on the planet (not to mention the fact that Joey Votto will be back any day now), the Cards are really now playing for a wild card spot, as the Reds are clearly not slowing down any time soon.

All day I’ve been reading articles about how the Cardinals large run differential do not translate to their win-loss record. We all know this comes back to the bullpen, but everyone keeps forgetting that the Cards don’t have the same bullpen they had at the beginning of the season. Though he has only made three appearances, Edward Mujica has been tremendous so far. I like the Brian Fuentes acquisition, and Victor Marte is now in Memphis. In addition, Mitchell Boggs has been unhittable, and Jason Motte has been more than acceptable as of late.