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REDBIRD RUNDOWN: The 2012 N.L. Wild Card Champion St. Louis Cardinals are coming to the conclusion of their 122nd season of play in the National League.
The Cardinals are at season-high 29 games over .500, holding a 3.0 game lead over Pittsburgh as they seek their 1st NL Central title since 2009 and 24th overall in franchise history with a win tonight or a Pirates loss at Cincinnati.
The Cardinals 94 wins are their most since 2005 (100-62).
POST-CARDS: The Cardinals clinched a post-season berth for the 27th time in franchise history on Sunday at Milwaukee...the Cardinals have achieved their third-straight postseason appearance and their 11th in 18 seasons under their current ownership group headed by Bill DeWitt, Jr.
BE LIKE MIKE: Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the post-season in each of his first two years as a manager in MLB. He was also the 8th manager all-time and first since Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), joining Bob Brenly (2001-02), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63), Mickey Cochrane (1934-35, player/manager), Bucky Harris (1924-25, player/manager) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09, player/manager). (Elias Sports Bureau)
OUR HOUSE: The Cardinals have a chance to set the home wins mark for Busch Stadium III this weekend. ?Currently, the Cardinals home record is 51-27 with three games to play. The previous high was 52 wins in 2010. ?The club record for home wins was set by the 1942 Cardinals who were 60-17 (.779) at Sportsman's Park.
DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE!: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals could set the franchise mark for fewest errors and highest fielding percentage in a single season. Currently, the Cardinals have committed 75 errors, two shy of the franchise mark of 77 in 2003. It was also in 2003, the Cardinals set their fielding percentage mark of .987, with the 2013 club at .988.
ROOKIE REDBIRDS: The Cardinals have gotten a Major League-leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1952 when they received 34 (Elias)...they have used 20 rookies this season - their most since employing 21 in 1970.
RECORD BREAKER: Matt Carpenter recorded the Cardinals single-season doubles record for a left-handed batter with his 54th on Saturday night, breaking Stan Musial's mark of 53 in 1953...Joe Medwick (64 in 1936) owns the club overall single-season doubles record.
LEADOFF MAN: Matt Carpenter's 68 RBI from the leadoff position are the most by a Cardinals #1 batter since Lou Brock had 76 in 1967 and his 63 extra base hits are the most by a Cardinals leadoff man since Brock had 66 in 1968...his .327 BA, 69 RBI, 63 extra base hits, 109 runs, 177 hits and .490 slugging pct. are tops amongst all Major League leadoff men.
FIRST BASE FILL-IN: Since All-Star Allen Craig suffered a foot sprain on Sept. 4, Matt Adams has stepped in and delivered, pound-ing a team-high 8 HR's with 15 RBI while batting .338 (26-for-77)...Adams is averaging a HR once every 16.71 at-bats this season (5th in N.L., min. 250 AB's)...the Cardinals are 13-2 in games that Adams homers in.
SEPTEMBER SLUGGER: Matt Adams' eight home runs in September rank 3rd iin MLB (Zimmerman, WSH, 11 & Pence, SF, 9).
HIT?MEN: Matt Carpenter has an NL-best 198 hits and is on pace for 202...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.