REDBIRD RUNDOWN: The Cardinals are 21 games over .500, one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the N.L. Central Division race and hold a 2.5 game lead over Cincinnati in the N.L. Wild Card for home field...the Cardinals have 15 home dates remaining and 10 road games.
CARDINALS FLY IN REINFORCEMENTS: With Memphis' season completed yesterday, the Cardinals made roster moves for an additional six players. Tonight's starting pitcher Michael Wacha was recalled from Springfield (AA) along with LHP Tyler Lyons and RHP Carlos Martinez. INF Ryan Jackson and Pacific Coast home run king INF Brock Peterson were recalled from Memphis (AAA). Catcher Audry Perez, who threw out 40.2 percent of attempted base stealers between Double-A and Triple-A, was purchased from Memphis and added to the 40-man roster.
DOUBLE DOWN: Matt Carpenter smacked his 45 double yesterday, the most by a Cardinals player since Matt Holliday hit 45 in 2010. The last Cardinal to hit 50 or more doubles in a season was Albert Pujols when he hit 51 in back-to-back seasons in 2003 & 2004.
GETTING HISTORICAL: The most doubles by a Cardinal in his second full season was Enos Slaughter with 52 (1939). The most by a primary second baseman is a three way tie at 46 by
Rogers Hornsby (1922) and then Sparky Adams (1931) and Frankie Frisch (1930) of the Gashouse Gang era.
GETTING INTO THE HOLLIDAY SEASON: Since June 3rd, when his batting average was at a season low .244, Matt Holliday has hit safely in 52-of-69 games with 27 multi-hit games and raised his batting average to .287. Over that period, Holliday is batting .320 (81-253) with 10 HR and 44 RBI. The .320 BA is the highest of any Cardinal during that period and ranks 6th among NL batters.
POP THE CLUTCH!: This season, the Cardinals lead all of MLB with a .327 BA w/RISP (Detroit, 2nd, .284). Five Cardinals rank in the Top 6 in the National League in batting average with runners in scoring position with Allen Craig leading MLB with a .453 BA. Matt Carpenter ranks 3rd in the National League (.398), Carlos Beltran (T4th,
.373). Matt Holliday (T4th, .373) and Yadier Molina (6th, .368).
TONIGHT'S GAME: St. Louis continues a fourgame series against their N.L. Central rival, the Reds, in their final trip to Cincinnati in the 2013 regular season. This is the fifth game of a sevengame, seven-day road trip to Pittsburgh (1-2) and Cincinnati (0-1). Tonight's first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Central Time.