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Tracking the St. Louis Cardinals hit parade

The St. Louis Cardinals offense is showing signs of life for the first time this season, with a quartet of 14-hit games.

In the midst of a push to reach .500 for the time this season, the 6-7 St. Loius Cardinals improved to 4-3 during their current 10-game West Coast road trip after knocking off the Los Angeles Dodgers by a 9-5 score on Thursday night.

For the fourth straight night, the Cardinals had at least 14 hits and scored at least eight runs. Researcher Tom Orf pulled the following tables, which indicate how rarely this type of proficient hit attack has occurred in recent years and over the long haul.

This is only the second time since 1933 that the Cardinals have strung together four games with 14+ hits. The other was in 1979. Amazingly, nine of the top such streaks occurred in the 1920s and early 1930s.

St. Louis Cardinals, 14+ hits in consecutive games (1920-present)

G Tm Start End W L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Opponent
6 STL 8/31/1930 9/7/1930 6 0 234 57 100 20 6 3 54 20 13 3 0 .427 .457 .603 1.060 CHC,PIT,CIN
6 STL 9/9/1922 9/15/1922 4 2 233 62 92 11 5 8 56 21 20 8 8 .395 .447 .588 1.035 CIN,PHI
5 STL 7/11/1923 7/16/1923 4 1 209 54 88 12 3 2 43 12 15 4 1 .421 .462 .536 .998 BSN,PHI
5 STL 6/27/1922 7/1/1922 4 1 207 40 75 16 5 2 39 19 17 1 2 .362 .410 .517 .927 CIN,PIT
4 STL 4/11/2011 4/14/2011+ 3 1 168 40 63 15 1 9 38 27 8 0 0 .375 .411 .637 1.048 ARI,LAD
4 STL 5/30/1979 6/2/1979 4 0 157 36 65 8 3 9 34 16 13 5 1 .414 .453 .675 1.129 NYM,LAD
4 STL 6/19/1933 6/22/1933 2 2 164 30 61 17 2 3 29 12 10 2 0 .372 .408 .555 .963 BRO,PHI
4 STL 8/21/1930 8/24/1930 4 0 144 44 62 14 4 1 41 6 17 2 0 .431 .491 .604 1.095 PHI
4 STL 6/22/1930 6/24/1930 3 1 159 41 67 13 5 6 40 15 11 6 0 .421 .465 .679 1.144 PHI,BSN
4 STL 7/28/1928 7/31/1928 3 1 197 44 75 25 1 4 43 6 25 3 0 .381 .455 .579 1.034 PHI
4 STL 5/8/1923 5/11/1923 3 1 167 41 70 17 1 8 39 13 10 7 3 .419 .455 .677 1.132 PHI

The Cardinals are the 23rd team to do this across all of MLB since 1960. The Minnesota Twins had a five-game stretch last season, but no clubs had even four in 2009.

The record over the last 50 years is seven such games, logged by the Atlanta Braves in late July of 1993. Joe Torre’s Cardinals, on their way to a third-place finish, were among their victims.

MLB, 14+ hits in consecutive games (1960-present)

G Tm Start End W L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Opponent
7 ATL 7/21/1993 7/27/1993 6 1 284 73 113 17 2 19 68 36 26 4 1 .398 .447 .673 1.120 STL,PIT,COL
5 MIN 7/24/2010 7/28/2010 5 0 209 53 86 18 3 10 52 32 22 3 3 .411 .466 .670 1.136 BAL,KCR
5 ATL 7/25/2003 7/29/2003 3 2 212 49 84 20 1 11 46 21 14 4 1 .396 .444 .656 1.100 MON,HOU
5 OAK 8/22/2002 8/26/2002 5 0 197 46 70 19 3 7 46 20 197 2 1 .355 .416 .589 1.004 CLE,DET,KCR
5 LAD 8/9/1970 8/14/1970 5 0 203 49 84 11 5 4 43 24 20 7 4 .414 .464 .576 1.041 CIN,PIT,CHC
4 STL 4/11/2011 4/14/2011+ 3 1 168 40 63 15 1 9 38 27 8 0 0 .375 .411 .637 1.048 ARI,LAD
4 NYM 7/5/2008 7/8/2008 4 0 165 30 59 7 0 6 25 25 12 7 1 .358 .404 .509 .914 PHI,SFG
4 FLA 9/7/2005 9/10/2005 3 1 163 32 60 10 0 3 30 24 16 10 0 .368 .435 .485 .919 WSN,PHI
4 SEA 8/3/2002 8/7/2002 2 2 162 37 60 13 1 7 36 29 17 5 1 .370 .429 .593 1.022 CLE,TOR
4 DET 8/14/2000 8/18/2000 4 0 169 46 68 17 1 8 45 22 15 2 0 .402 .452 .657 1.108 SEA,OAK
4 SFG 6/22/2000 6/25/2000 3 1 164 37 65 12 3 8 37 24 24 2 1 .396 .471 .652 1.123 STL,HOU
4 ARI 5/30/1999 6/2/1999 3 1 169 41 65 14 4 8 40 30 14 4 0 .385 .435 .657 1.092 NYM,MON
4 COL 9/6/1998 9/9/1998 4 0 156 47 68 11 0 7 42 20 23 2 1 .436 .508 .641 1.149 SDP,FLA
4 NYM 5/24/1998 5/29/1998 4 0 157 37 61 16 1 4 35 24 18 0 1 .389 .449 .580 1.029 MIL,FLA,PHI
4 COL 7/23/1996 7/25/1996 3 1 160 36 67 9 1 9 34 21 21 5 3 .419 .486 .656 1.143 NYM,CHC
4 COL 6/27/1996 6/30/1996 3 1 166 52 69 11 0 12 50 31 22 10 0 .416 .481 .699 1.180 LAD
4 BOS 9/27/1995 9/30/1995 3 1 160 36 62 19 2 6 35 19 13 3 1 .388 .436 .644 1.080 DET,MIL
4 SDP 6/27/1994 6/29/1994 2 2 165 37 62 10 3 8 32 24 21 3 1 .376 .450 .618 1.068 COL
4 NYM 6/12/1990 6/15/1990 4 0 168 50 71 23 1 7 49 19 24 1 1 .423 .495 .696 1.191 CHC,PIT
4 STL 5/30/1979 6/2/1979 4 0 157 36 65 8 3 9 34 16 13 5 1 .414 .453 .675 1.129 NYM,LAD
4 PIT 5/3/1967 5/6/1967 4 0 168 28 58 8 1 0 25 27 18 1 0 .345 .419 .405 .824 LAD,SFG
4 PIT 5/22/1965 5/25/1965 4 0 159 32 57 11 0 3 30 13 18 1 4 .358 .427 .484 .911 MLN,CHC
4 CLE 6/8/1962 6/10/1962 3 1 189 41 67 8 2 11 39 39 17 3 0 .354 .407 .593 .999 BOS

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