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Eariler, we looked at the balance exhibited by the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals offense in the context of having five 20-home run hitters. On Saturday, the team emphasized their offensive parity in another way.
With a sacrifice fly in the Cardinals’ win over Chicago, Yadier Molina plated his 70th run of the 2012 season. It is another career high in a season full of them for the 29-year-old catcher (runs, hits, home runs, stolen bases, average, OBP, SLG, OPS).
With that RBI, Molina became the fifth Cardinal hitter to drive in at least 70 this season. That has tied the 2012 club with five others for the fourth-most 70-RBI men in team history. It is the first such occurrence since 1996, Tony La Russa’s first year as manager.
Three past Cardinals clubs sit on top, having featured six such players, with the most recent having been in 1954. Five of the previous eight clubs on this list went to the playoffs, including the 1934 and 1944 World Champions (see “PS” column in table below).
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On Sunday in Chicago, St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte recorded his sixth save in his club’s last six wins. His heavy usage is due to the reality that each win is very important as the Cardinals cling to a two-game lead in the second National League wild card race.
It isn’t just a recent phenomenon, however. With his 40th save of the season on Sunday, Motte became only...
CHICAGO Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina downplayed any serious issue with his lower back after he tweaked it while getting out of the way of an inside fastball during their 5-4 win in ten innings Saturday afternoon.
Molina was batting with the go-ahead run on third base in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game when he moved awkwardly to avoid a Carlos Marmol fastball. He fell to the ground...
The St. Louis Cardinals, currently battling for the second Wild Card spot in the National League, will be without two of their biggest stars. Both Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran will miss today's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports via Twitter that both Cardinals All-Stars will be out today as Kyle Lohse takes...
CHICAGO Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook had to cut short a bullpen session after just ten pitches Saturday due to renewed discomfort in his right side.
Westbrook, out since straining his right oblique on Sept. 8, had hoped to return to the Cardinals rotation sometime this week. Instead, he may be done for the season.
"It's terrible timing," Westbrook said. "...
When St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter surprisingly returned to the mound Friday to make his first meaningful pitches since Game 7 of last year’s World Series, the Cardinals chances to win playoff games jumped substantially – if they get there.
With #29 healthy, the Cardinals could throw a rotation of Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse in the playoffs. On paper...
The Cardinals had a productive, but un-controversial, weekend in Chicago. But that didn't stop the NY media from dragging them into a ***** fight between the Oakland A's and NY Yankees. Long story short, the Yankees and A's played a 14 inning whopper on Saturday, but in the top of the 13th inning, the A's banged out 3 home runs. And when a team that features 17...
Right-hander Kyle Lohse improved his record to 16-3, best winning percentage (.842) in the majors. Right-hander Jason Motte became the first National Leaguer to 40 saves. But numbers less ostentatious, 1 and 2, were the key numbers of the Cardinals' 6-3 win over Chicago Sunday. Rookie shortstop Pete Kozma, entrusted with the position on a daily basis now with veteran Rafael...
APNewsNow. St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook was shut down just a few pitches into his bullpen session Saturday.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said it was ''not a good day'' for Westbrook, who will be re-evaluated Sunday.
Westbrook suffered a strained right oblique Sept. 8 and postponed his bullpen session Friday. He is 13-11 with a 3.97 ERA in 28...
CHICAGO -- The end result was a disappointing and deflating 5-4 walk-off loss in 11 innings Friday to the Chicago Cubs. But what happened the first five innings might prove to be more important for the Cardinals down the stretch.
The defending World Series champions welcomed back ace Chris Carpenter, who made his first start of the 2012 season after dealing with a nerve issue in...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Lohse and the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games, holding their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 6-3 win Sunday over the Chicago Cubs.
Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals stayed 2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot.
Lohse (16-3) made his team-leading...
St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This week, we discussed the Cardinals current weekend in Chicago, with the conversation occurring during the 11th inning.
Pete Kozma picked a big spot for his first major league home run.
Kozma had two hits and drove in two runs to help Kyle Lohse and the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games, holding their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 6-3 win Sunday over the Chicago Cubs.
Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals...
The St. Louis Cardinals' playoff pursuit has been aided by how they have taken advantage of the Houston Astros.
The Cardinals have won eight straight in this series, and Lance Lynn has never lost to the Astros heading into Monday night's opener of the final NL series at Minute Maid Park.
St. Louis (82-71) leads Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the second NL wild-card berth...
The St. Louis Cardinals dropped a heartbreaker to the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Chris Carpenter’s return and a late lead were both spoiled when the bullpen coughed up a game-tying home run in the 9th inning followed by a walk-off base hit in the 11th inning. The Cards’ four-game winning streak was snapped, and they failed to keep added pressure on the Milwaukee Brewers and Los...
Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Yadier Molina added a solo shot as the Cardinals moved 3 1/2 games in front of Milwaukee and Los Angeles for the second NL wild card. The Brewers lost 12-2 at Washington...