Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 9/23/12
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). Along w...
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