While Jay has thrived as the team's two-hole hitter for most of the month, Wednesday's matchup against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was not one that would have favored him anyway. Jay is hitless in six at-bats against the right-hander. Bourjos (1-for-5) and Taveras (0-for-3) have not had much success either.
Taking Jay out of the lineup, however, left the Cardinals without a player who has hit safely in 17 of his last 24 starts and has seven multihit games this month.
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