(KSDK Sports) -- Going into today's game, the Cardinals are 18 games over .500, residing 2.0 games back of the first place Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals are just 0.5 game ahead of Cincinnati in the NL Wild Card race & 6.5 games in front of Arizona.
The Cardinals have 22 home dates remaining and 20 road games.
Overnigh, the Cardinals purchased the contract of rookie 2nd baseman Kolten Wong. Wong, the Cardinals 1st round draft choice in 2011 (22nd player overall), will become the first native Hawiian to play for the Cardinals since 1B Joe DeSa in 1980. Wong was batting .303 at Memphis (AAA), 11th in the Pacific Coast League,
including a .364 (16-44) mark this month. Wong will wear uniform #16.
Wong becomes the 18th rookie to appear with the Cardinals this season, the most among all Major League teams, and the most rookies to be used by the Cardinals since 1997 when they employed 19.
The Cardinals are in the midst of a 12-game stretch against NL Central clubs, facing the Cubs for the second straight weekend series.
The Cardinals are 27-20 (.574) in divisional play this season and are aiming for their 5th consecutive season with a winning mark inside their division.
HOT HOLLIDAY: Matt Holliday had a pair of hits, including his 8th career walk-off winner yesterday, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Last Saturday against the Cubs, he enjoyed his first multi-homer game of 2013 and 18th career. Holliday's .405 batting average (30-74) post-All Star Break ranks second in the National League behind Jayson Werth (.427) of Washington. He's reached base safely in each of his 20 games since returning from the disabled
list on July 27th, raising his batting average from .268 to .294 (currently 17th in N.L.).
LEADING MAN: Matt Carpenter's .321 batting average while hitting in the No. 1 position in the lineup ranks first in the National League, while his 49 RBI from that position are tops in the Majors. Carpenter has an NL-leading 40 doubles, 32 of which have come while batting in the leadoff position, the most by a Cardinals lead-off man since Bernard Gilkey had 32 in 1993.
Rogers Hornsby holds the Cardinals single-season record for doubles by a second baseman with 46 in 1922.