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Cardinals unusual balanced attack

Albert Pujols (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Six St. Louis Cardinals players have 25 RBI or more through 55 games, the most in at least the last half century.

While the St. Louis Cardinals are tied for sixth in run scoring in the National League, their production is unusually spread out across the lineup. While Albert Pujols ranks second in the NL in RBI, five other players have logged at least 25 RBI in the team’s first 55 games.

With six players at 25 or more RBI, the 2010 Cardinals have the most in any season over at least the last 50 years. The other RBI men this season are David Freese, Yadier Molina, Ryan Ludwick, Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus.

Cardinals with 25 RBI in first 55 games, 1960-2010

2010 Pujols 41 Freese 32 Molina 28 Ludwick 29 Holliday 25 Rasmus 25
2009 Pujols 49 Ludwick 28 Duncan 27
2008 Ludwick 39 Pujols 35 Glaus 32 Ankiel 25
2007 Pujols 31 Rolen 23
2006 Pujols 65 Rolen 30 Edmonds 29
2005 Pujols 44 Edmonds 34 Sanders 28
2004 Rolen 57 Pujols 40 Edmonds 38 Sanders 27
2003 Rolen 45 Pujols 43 Renteria 37 Edmonds 30
2002 Edmonds 36 Pujols 30 Martinez 29 Renteria 27
2001 Pujols 51 Drew 41 Lankford 31 Edmonds 30
2000 McGwire 48 Edmonds 39 Tatis 28 Lankford 26 Paquette 26
1999 Tatis 44 McGwire 42 Davis 27
1998 McGwire 68 Jordan 32 Lankford 29
1997 Lankford 37 Gant 32 Clayton 25
1996 Lankford 38 Gant 26
1995 Jordan 36 Gilkey 34 Lankford 29
1994 Lankford 29 Zeile 29 Jefferies 26
1993 Whiten 31 Jefferies 29
1992 Jose 29
1991 Guerrero 34 Jose 25 Zeile 25
1990 Guerrero 38 Pendleton 31 McGee 27
1989 Guerrero 38 Brunansky 33 Pendleton 25
1988 Brunansky 36 Horner 27
1987 Clark 56 McGee 43 Pendleton 33 O.Smith 30 Herr 27
1986
1985 Herr 51 Clark 47 Pendleton 33 McGee 27
1984 Hendrick 29
1983 Hendrick 46 Porter 30
1982 Hernandez 34 Hendrick 31 L.Smith 31
1981 Hendrick 37 Hernandez 32 Herr 32
1980 Hendrick 46 Simmons 34 Hernandez 32 Reitz 28
1979 Simmons 45 Hernandez 41 Reitz 36 Hendrick 29 Scott 26
1978 Reitz 29 Hernandez 26 Simmons 26
1977 Hernandez 36 Reitz 36 Simmons 34 Scott 28
1976 Simmons 25
1975 Simmons 40 R.Smith 33
1974 R.Smith 51 Simmons 32 Sizemore 25
1973 Cruz 26
1972 Simmons 36 Torre 33
1971 Torre 41 Cardenal 38 Alou 28 Simmons 27 Hague 26
1970 Allen 49 Torre 32 Hague 26
1969 Torre 34 McCarver 25
1968 Cepeda 29 Shannon 27 Flood 26
1967 Brock 40 Cepeda 37 McCarver 31 Shannon 29
1966 Flood 37
1965 Boyer 30 Flood 28 White 27
1964 Boyer 42
1963 Boyer 39 White 38 Musial 32 Groat 29
1962 White 47 Boyer 41 Flood 27 Musial 27 Sawatski 25
1961 Boyer 33 White 27 Musial 25
1960 Boyer 36 White 33 Spencer 27

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the table.

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