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ST. LOUIS - Every year around July, Cardinals fans begin to worry about the team if they aren't first in the division. Worry not, Cardinals fans. I have some stats for you that should allay some of those concerns.

If you look at month-to-month hitting statistics, the Birds are okay in April and May, but for some reason not-so-great in June and July. But moving into August and September, the key parts of the Cardinals' offense seems to turn it on when the team needs momentum.

Here's what I mean:

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

Skip Schumaker -.347

Skip Schumaker -.329

Skip Schumaker - .215

Yadier Molina -.311

Yadier Molina - .342

Yadier Molina - .341

Albert Pujols - .295

Albert Pujols - .298

Albert Pujols - .355

Jon Jay - .303

Jon Jay -.250

Jon Jay - .303

Matt Holliday - .278

Matt Holliday - .278

Matt Holliday - .254

David Freese - .271

David Freese - .256

David Freese - .284

Daniel Descalso - .286

Daniel Descalso - .279

Daniel Descalso - .303

Now, not every player heats up in August and September. At least two or three players have a monster month offensively, which is enough to propel the team into the postseason.

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

David Freese - .458

David Freese - .213

David Freese - .281

Yadier Molina - .288

Yadier Molina - .403

Yadier Molina - .286

Matt Holliday - .363

Matt Holliday - .252

Matt Holliday - .226

Jon Jay - .227

Jon Jay - .355

Jon Jay - .294

Matt Carpenter - .292

Matt Carpenter - .372

Matt Carpenter - .260

Daniel Descalso - .286

Daniel Descalso - .169

Daniel Descalso - .253

Allen Craig - .264

Allen Craig - .330

Allen Craig - .316

Take Allen Craig in 2012. In July, Craig was just hitting .264; not a bad average, but not exactly stellar. In August, he jumps up to .330 and in September stays above .300 by batting .316. Two months ago, he was hitting under .270 and suddenly he's above .300.

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

Matt Holliday - .319

Matt Holliday - .320

Matt Holliday - .378

Yadier Molina - .268

Yadier Molina - .315

Yadier Molina - .278

Allen Craig - .311

Allen Craig - .323

Allen Craig – was hurt

Matt Carpenter - .277

Matt Carpenter - .300

Matt Carpenter - .349

Jon Jay - .284

Jon Jay - .327

Jon Jay - .309

Carlos Beltran - .250

Carlos Beltran - .366

Carlos Beltran - .217

David Freese - .224

David Freese - .265

David Freese - .257

Another player that has statistically been phenomenal in August and September is Matt Carpenter. You can see from the chart above that in 2013 Carpenter hits .277 in July, rises to .300 in August and continues to dominate offensively, hitting a whopping .349 in September.

As you can see from the charts above, heading into August and September, right when the team needs a blast of offense, someone on the team heats up. I cannot explain it nor do I know why this happens, but people who are worried about the team making the playoffs this year; have patience. This is what the team looks like going into August this season:

July 2014

Matt Holliday - .268

Yadier Molina - .357

Jhonny Peralta - .323

Matt Adams -.319

Matt Carpenter - .262

Jon Jay - .260

Kolton Wong - .295

Granted, Yadier Molina has played only nine games because of a thumb injury. But, the Birds are only two games behind first in the race for the NL Central. And it hasn't even hit August yet.

So if you are following the trend that has happened in the past three years, years in which the Cardinals made it to the postseason, the Birds offense should heat up in the next coming months.

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