St. Louis – Troy Glaus enjoyed his two years with the Cardinals, and now the big first baseman would enjoy helping the Braves beat them.
Glaus snapped a 3-for-29 skid with a pair of singles in Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals, giving him a .567 career average in 10 games against the team he played for during the past two seasons.
He hit .270 with 27 homers and 99 RBIs for St. Louis in 2008, then missed most of last season recovering from shoulder surgery and was let go as a free agent.
“I enjoyed my time here, no doubt it,” he said. “But this year I’m happy to be [with the Braves], and hopefully I’m going to help this team win.”
He hit a dramatic two-out, ninth-inning homer to help the Braves beat Philadelphia on April 20, the high point in an otherwise sluggish start for Glaus in his first season with his new team and a new position.
The former third baseman and years-ago American League home-run leader had a .210 average with two homers, nine RBIs and 17 strikeouts in 19 games before Tuesday, one of many Braves who’ve struggled early.
The team hit .211 and scored 17 runs in the past nine games, going homerless in eight.
“I think as an entire group, the numbers aren’t indicative of what’s going on,” Glaus said. “I’m not saying we should be hitting .380 as a group, but we’ve been hitting the ball better than what the numbers say.”
Asked if some Braves might be pressing at the plate because of the losing skid, Glaus said, We’re not pressing. We just need to go out and get the job done.”