Be smarter than your neighbor, here's tonights Cardinals "must knows"

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(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals go into tonight's game 24 games over .500 and are tied with Pittsburgh for 1st place in the NL Central, 2.5 games in front of Cincinnati...the Cardinals have six road games & six home games remaining.

AREA 51: Matt Carpenter's 51 doubles are just two shy of matching Stan Musial's club single-season record (53 in 1953) for doubles by a left-handed batter...Joe Medwick (64 in 1936) owns the club overall single-season doubles record.

LEADOFF MAN: Matt Carpenter's 64 RBI from the leadoff position of the most by a Cardinals #1 batter in data dating to 1974 and his 58 extra base hits are the most by a Cardinals leaoff man since Garry Templeton had 60 in 1979...his 64 RBI and 58 extra base hits lead all Major League leadoff batters this season...he's tied for MLB lead (Shin-Soo Choo, CIN) for most runs scored (100) and top slugging pct. (.488) among leadoff men.

THE BIG BANG: Sunday's 12-2 win over the Mariners marked the 18th time the Cardinals have scored 10 or more runs in a win this season, one more then both Detroit & Boston (17 times)...the Cards had a club-record 26 such wins in both 1930 and 2003.

NO FREE PASSES: While they have been victimized by four HBP the past two games, the Cardinals have not received a walk in
back-to-back games for the 2nd time this season (also April 12-13)...the club record for consecutive games without receiving a
base-on-balls is three straight games, last occuring May 1-3, 2003.

HIT MEN:Matt Carpenter currently has an NL-best 185 hits and is on pace for 199...the last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits
in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL-best 212 hits while edging out Todd Helton (.359 to .358) for the NL
batting title.


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