(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals are a season-high 25 games over .500 and are tied with Pittsburgh for 1st place in the NL Central, 3.5 games in front of Cincinnati...the Cardinals have seven road games & six home games remaining.
REWARD ZONE: The Cardinals "magic" number for punching their ticket to the postseason stands at 6 over Washington...the Cardinals are seeking their third-straight postseason appearance and their 11th in 18 seasons under their current ownership group headed by Bill DeWitt, Jr.
NIFTY FIFTY: Matt Carpenter's 50 doubles are just three shy of matching Stan Musial's club single-season record (53 in 1953)
for doubles by a left-handed batter.
LEADOFF MAN: Matt Carpenter's 63 RBI from the leadoff position is the most by a Cardinals #1 batter in data dating to 1974
and his 57 extra base hits are the most by a Cardinals leaoff man since Garry Templeton had 60 in 1979...his 63 RBI and 57 extra
base hits lead all Major League leadoff batters this season.
THE BIG BANG: Yesterday's 12-2 win over the Mariners marked the 18th time the Cardinals have scored 10 or more runs in a
win this season, one more then both Detroit & Boston (17 times)...the Cards had a club-record 26 such wins in both 1930 and 2003.
YADI, YADI, YADI, YADI: All-Star catcher Yadier Molina enjoyed his team-high fourth 4-hit game of the season yesterday...his 16
career 4-hit games are 2nd amongst Cardinals catchers, trailing only Ted Simmons (19).
HIT MEN: Matt Carpenter currently has an NL-best 182 hits and is on pace for 197...the last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits
in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL-best 212 hits while edging out Todd Helton (.359 to .358) for the NL
HE'S BACK: Matt Holliday, who was drafted by Colorado in 1998, made his ML debut and played five seasons with the club, is
a career .358 batter when facing his former team (8 HR, 23 RBI in 27 games)...last season Matt blasted five home runs with 16 RBI
in seven games while batting .481 against the Rockies...he's a career .358 batter at Coors Field with 90 HR & 322 RBI in 369 games.
ROOKIE REDBIRDS: The Cardinals have gotten a Major League-leading 34 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their
most since 1952 when they also received 34 (Elias).
FREAKY FRESHMEN: Catcher Audry Perez became the Cardinals Major League-leading 20th rookie to appear in a game this
season when he caught the final 2 innings yesterday...it's their most rookies used since employing 21 in 1970.