In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.
Since the All-Star Break, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has played in 24 games. He is hitting with metronome-like consistency with hits in 22 of them, including his last seven. During that time, the 30-year-old has five home runs and 20 RBI along with a .333/.415/.548 line.
In game two of the Cincinnati series on Tuesday night, Holliday had a double and three singles and plated three. It was his fourth game of four or more hits this season. No Cardinals hitter had as many four-hit contests since Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols in 2008.
The following tables outline the 40 different times in the last half-century, since 1960, that a Cardinals player had four or more four-hit games in one season. 24 different hitters are included. The first column lists the occurrences from most recent to oldest.
The middle column is sorted by the most such games in a season. Pujols is tied at the top with seven four-hit games, which he accomplished in 2004. Others who also had seven are Willie McGee in 1985, Curt Flood in 1964 and Dick Groat in 1963.
The far right column indicates the number of seasons each player had at least four, four-hit games. In a bit of a surprise to me at least, Flood, a career .293 hitter, is the leader with five such years, 1961, 1963-65 and 1968.
Not surprisingly, Pujols is among the group right behind Flood at four seasons. In 2010, Albert is lagging. He collected four hits on opening day, but didn’t replicate the feat until June 23. Pujols hasn’t done it again in the almost two months since – but there is still time. 49 games remain in the regular season.
St. Louis Cardinals four-hit games, season, 1960-2010
Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data in the above tables.