(Updated Aug. 9, 2016)
Zach Duke didn’t often beat the Cardinals. Now he joined them.
Duke, a left-handed pitcher, was acquired by the Cardinals from the White Sox for outfielder Charlie Tilson on July 31, 2016.
Since he came to the major leagues with the Pirates in 2005, Duke is 5-8 in 36 appearances, including 16 starts, against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals have hit a collective .303 against him.
Right-handed batters who have spent at least part of their careers with the Cardinals have been tough on Duke. Among those with stellar career statistics against Duke:
_ Juan Encarnacion: .563 batting average (9-for-16).
_ Matt Holliday: .481 batting average (13-for-27).
_ Albert Pujols: .422 batting average (19-for-45).
_ Scott Rolen: .421 batting average (8-for-19).
_ Yadier Molina: .324 batting average (12-for-37).
One of Duke’s toughest outings against the Cardinals was on May 22, 2007, at St. Louis when he was torched for 11 hits and six runs in 4.2 innings of a game won by the Cardinals, 9-4. David Eckstein and Aaron Miles had three hits apiece. Boxscore