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(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals are a season-high 25 games over .500 and hold a 1.0 game lead over Pittsburgh for 1st place in the NL Central, 2.5 games in front of Cincinnati...the Cardinals have five road games & six home games remaining...

REWARD ZONE: The Cardinals "magic" number for punching their ticket to the postseason stands at 5 over Washington...the Cardinals are seeking their thirdstraight postseason appearance and their 11th in 18 seasons under their current ownership group headed by Bill DeWitt, Jr. 
THE BIG BANG: Last night's 11-4 win over the Rockies marked the 19th time the Cardinals have scored 10 or more runs in a win
this season and the second time in the last three games, one more then both Detroit & Boston (17 times)...the Cards had a clubrecord
26 such wins in both 1930 and 2003. 

K CLUB: Adam Wainwright, who earlier this season moved into 2nd on the Cardinals all-time strikeout list (1,109) behind Bob Gibson (3,117), needs 12 strikeouts to match his season high of 213 in 2010...Shelby Miller (162 strikeouts) is 32 strikeouts shy of
the Cardinals rookie record (Rick Ankiel, 194 in 2000), but is just one back of Harvey Haddix (163 in 1953) for 3rd on the Cards rookie K list...Dizzy Dean (191 in 1932) is 2nd on that list...Trevor Rosenthal (99) is one K away from becoming only the 2nd Cardinals
reliever to fan 100 or more batters (Mark Littell - 120 in 1978).

HIT MEN: Matt Carpenter has an NL-best 188 hits and is on pace for 201...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 batting title.

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