(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals are 23 games over .500, and hold a 1-game lead over the Pirates and a 2 game edge over Cincinnati in the N.L. Central Division race...the Cardinals have 12 home dates remaining and seven road games (at COL-4, at MIL-3).
SEPTEMBERS IN THE NEST: The Cardinals are 20 games over .500 (60-40) in September home games at Busch Stadium III, posting winning home marks in all but two Septembers since the ballpark opened in 2006...their last losing September at Busch came in 2009 (5-7)...they were 10-5 at home in Sept. of 2011...HOME WORK: The Cardinals have gone 44-25 (.638 win pct.) at home this season, and are on pace for a 51-win season at Busch...only twice previously has a Cards team won 50 or more games at Busch III (2010-52 home wins & 2012-50 home wins).
BUSCH BASH: Matt Carpenter's 100 hits at Busch Stadium this season established the stadium single-season
record, surpassing Albert Pujols in 2008 (98)...the last Cardinals to collect 100 or more hits at home were both Pujols (111) and Edgar Renteria (103) in 2003...Carpenter's 27 doubles at home this season are closing in on the stadium record of 29 by Scott Rolen in 2006...Renteria (31) & Pujols (30), both in '03, were the last to hit 30+ doubles at home.
DOUBLE DOWN: Matt Carpenter's 48 doubles are the Cards most since Scott Rolen hit 48 in '06...the last Cardinal to hit 50+ doubles in a season was Albert Pujols when he hit 51 back-to-back years in 2003 & 2004.
JUMP STEADY: Carpenter's 55 extra base hits from the leadoff spot are most since Garry Templeton had 60 in 1979.
BREW-CREW NUMBERS: The Cardinals are 10-3 vs. Milwaukee this season, one win shy of their season most against any competitor this year (CIN 11-8) with six games remaining...St. Louis has won 12 of their last 17 games at home vs. MIL and have outscored the Brewers 33-22 in the last six games at Busch Stadium.