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Here is a look at who's hot and who's not for the Cardinals:

TRENDING UP

Jaime Garcia, RP-SP: Hey, it looks like somebody wants back into the starting rotation! After Luke Weaver gained membership to the wrong kind of Mile High Club in the series finale at Colorado -- getting pounded in the high altitude of Coors Field, as many have before him -- Garcia swooped in and threw four shutout innings. He allowed just one hit while striking out five batters and walking nobody. Is he feeling refreshed enough to take back his old job?

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF: He started in right field ahead of weary Stephen Piscotty and dumped a double down the left field line in one of this two at bats. The Hurricane broke a 1-for-18 slump by delivering hits in back-to-back games for the first time this month.

Miguel Socolovich, RP: He kept the Cardinals deficit right at 11-1 Wednesday by breezing through a scoreless eighth inning and getting the squad moving toward its charter flight. Socolovich hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances, spanning 4 2/3 innings.

Jose Martinez, OF: While some teammates failed to capitalize on garbage time at bats Wednesday, he came off the bench to get his third hit in eight at bats since his call-up from Memphis. He also won the silly pre-game, post-anthem staredown -- which ended rather awkwardly. But at least the well-traveled Martinez found a way to work his way into Cardinals lore before resuming his minor league career.

TRENDING DOWN

Luke Weaver, SP: For the second start in a row this elite pitching prospect exited early after allowing six runs. This time all those runs were earned, inflating his season ERA to 4.54. Manager Mike Matheny opted to let him ride out the second inning and Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado made him pay for that patience with a long, long grand slam.

Dean Kiekhefer, RP: Just when it looked like the rookie lefty specialist was entering Matheny's circle of trust, bam!, he yielded four runs while retiring just one batter in mop-up duty. To the back of the line he goes.

Brandon Moss, OF-1B: He was 0 for 2 with one strikeout and one walk as his offensive struggle continued. But after hitting .272 with eight homers and 21 RBIs in August, he is batting .082 with two homers and three RBIs in September. Dating back to Aug. 29 he is in a 6-for-69 valley with 28 strikeouts. But it's not like Matheny has a ton of compelling options for left field with outfielder Matt Holliday still trying to work his way back from a broken thumb.

Matt Carpenter, INF: He was a quiet 1 for 4 Wednesday after taking a one-day break from work. After returning from his oblique muscle strain, he hit just .233 in August and just .234 so far in September. In his last nine games Carpenter has produced just one extra base hit and one RBI. Will it really take until next spring for Carpenter to straighten out his swing?

Tommy Pham, OF: He came off the bench and struck out twice in two garbage time at bats. Pham is mired in a 2-for-26 slump dating back to Aug. 19. With Moss battling an epic slump and Piscotty also lagging, Pham could get some ABs if he could deliver some hits.

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.