Redbird Rundown: Must knows before the first pitch

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Aug 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) argues with umpire David Rackley (86) during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Chicago defeated St. Louis 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals start a sixgame roadtrip (2-1 at CHI, MIL-3) tonight with the first of three games against the Brewers at Miller Park.  First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.  The Cardinals are seeking their third consecutive series win, something they haven't done since winning six straight series back in May.

The Cardinals are 19 games over .500, residing just 1.0 game back of the first place Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals are 1.5 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 17 road games.

SPECIAL BREW: The Cardinals are riding a 4-game winning streak at Miller Park as they begin this week's series.  The Cardinals had a 6-game victory run here from 7/9/09 to 4/10/10 and they have had a pair of 8-game win streaks in Milwaukee, the most recent coming 9/22/04 to 8/10/05. 

They're 57-40 (.588) all-time at Miller Park

JAY BIRD: Jon Jay homered and matched his career high with 4 RBI yesterday (also did so 5/4/13 at MIL) and raised his August hit total to an N.L.-best 26.  Jay is hitting .377 (26-69) this month with 15 RBI, just one shy of the Braves Chris Johnson (16) for the NL lead.

CENTRAL CASTING: The Cardinals are in the midst of a 12-game stretch against NL Central clubs.  The Cardinals are 29-21 (.580) in divisional play this season and are aiming for their 5th consecutive season with a winning mark inside their division.  They have 25 divisional games remaining (3 vs. CHI, 7 vs., CIN, 9 vs. MIL, 6 vs. PIT).

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Matt Carpenter has an NL-leading 41 doubles, 33 of which have come while batting in the leadoff position, the most by a Cardinals lead-off man since Lou Brock also had 33 in 1971.  Brock had 46 doubles from the leadoff position in 1968.  Rogers Hornsby holds the Cardinals single-season record for doubles by a second baseman with 46 in 1922.

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