Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Through the first half of May, there is considerable excitement among St. Louis Cardinals fans because of the team’s fast start. Manager Mike Matheny’s second club has won exactly two-thirds of its games, with 26 victories in 39 contests. The team has the exact same .667 winning percentage at home (12-6) and on the road (14-7). The Cards have won 12 of their last 14 and hold a 2 ½ game edge over the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central Division. With the invaluable assistance of researcher Tom Orf, here are the Cardinals records through May 15 since the start of the La Russa era in 1996. They are listed starting with the most recent. Standings Year W L W-L% GB Runs Runs against Lead 1st 2013 26 13 0.667 – 184 131 2.5 1st 2012 21 15 0.583 – 198 134 2.5 2nd 2011 22 19 0.537 1.5 217 177 1st 2010 21 16 0.568 – 158 127 T-1st 2009 21 14 0.600 – 180 158 0.5 3rd 2008 24 19 0.558 2 194 182 5th 2007 16 21 0.432 8 125 172 1st 2006 24 14 0.632 – 191 14...
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