The southpaw is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in three games in his career against the Cardinals.Padres: Getting the hang of it
First baseman Yonder Alonso was hitting .196 after play on April 24, but a hot streak since that point has brought his average up to .293. Alonso went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks on Sunday against the Angels, giving him 30 hits in his last 84 at-bats (.357) with 11 doubles and one home run. The 25-year-old leads qualified National League rookies in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and doubles. The Padres called up Matt Palmer from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday and optioned fellow right-hander Nick Vincent to Tucson. The 33-year-old Palmer, who is 13-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 60 Major League games, will serve as a long reliever. He didn't pitch on Sunday. Cardinals: Patching a hole with Adams
With Berkman sidelined, the Cardinals called up Matt Adams from Triple-A Memphis to help out Matt Carpenter at first base. The big left-handed hitter was in the lineup to make his Major League debut on Sunday night, playing first and batting seventh, and banged out his first two hits. A 23rd-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Slippery Rock University, Adams blasted his way through the Minors. He was the Texas League Player of the Year at Double-A Springfield in 2011 and was ranked as the Cardinals' No. 8 prospect going into this season by MLB.com The 23-year-old was hitting .340 with a .375 on-base percentage, a .558 slugging percentage and nine home runs at Memphis. That included a 13-for-28 (.464) binge over his last seven games. Worth noting
The Cardinals are expected to get a much clearer idea of how long Berkman will be out on Monday. He is scheduled to have an MRI done in St. Louis. The Padres are 4-10 on the road with a 4.30 team ERA, well over a run worse than their mark at home. Richard has a 7.99 ERA in four road starts. Garcia has a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against the Padres, including a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in his first outing of 2011.