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Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

Following on my earlier post about how St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has moved up in Major League Baseball’s career post-season home run and RBI lists as the result of his four-hit, five-RBI NLCS Game 2 performance Monday night, researcher Tom Orf offers the following additional factoids:

  • Pujols became the fourth player in MLB history with four extra base hits in a postseason game. The others: Hideki Matsui of the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS Game 3 (2 doubles, 2 homers), Pittsburgh’s Bob Robertson in the 1971 NLCS Game 2 (1 double, 3 homers) and Frank Isbell of the White Sox (4 doubles) in the 1906 World Series Game 5. No one has yet to collect five or more XBH.
  • Pujols is the first player in MLB history to have two games with three extra-base hits in a single postseason. In fact, only five players have done it twice in all years.
  • Pujols is the 29th MLB player with 10 total bases in a game but the first Cardinal. Two previously had nine – Larry Walker in the 2004 World Series Game 1 and Lou Brock in Game 4 of the 1968 World Series.

Other team-related tidbits from Monday night’s NLCS Game 2:

  • With 17 hits, the Cardinals tied their second-most hits in a postseason game. The record is 20 in Game 4 of the 1946 World Series. The other 17-hit outing was Game 7 of the 1934 World Series.
  • The 12 runs also tied for second-most in team post-season history. The record is 13, also against the Brewers in Game 6 of the 1982 World Series (13-1). The others with 12: 2002 NLDS G1 vs. ARI (12-2), 1985 NLCS G4 vs. LAD (12-2), 1946 World Series G4 vs. BOS (12-3).
  • While Pujols still holds the Cardinals record for most RBI in one postseason with 14 in 2004, David Freese is at risk of catching him. Freese collected his tenth in just seven games via a solo home run in the ninth inning to close out the Cardinals’ scoring onslaught. Tied for second with 12 are Jim Edmonds in 2000 and Reggie Sanders in 2005. Walker is fourth with 11 in 2004. Knotted with Freese at 10 are Edmonds in 2006 and Willie McGee in 1982.

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2 Responses to “Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming”

  1. blingboy says:

    There is a lot that’s special about this post-season. Hopefully more to come.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Freese is a secret weapon.
    He had a strong AAA season in 2008 with nice power. That winter, he had a car accident and messed up a foot. He ended up back at AAA in 09 when healthy enough to play, while the Cards went with DeRosa, who promptly was injured and played hurt. 3B was one of our big weaknesses when swept by the Dodgers in the first round, 2009.
    Freese spent much time on the DL in 2010, such that we ended the year having to trade for the utterly spent Pedro Feliz.
    Freese was on the DL again this year, but early. He has come back and been steady and gained ML experience. Since he hits to opposite field, he can make good contact. Right now, this relatively healthy Freese provides a big lift for the Cards, versus what they had at 3B in 2009 and 2010, and even 2006, when Rolen was playing with pain en route to a WS crown, or -05 when it was Abe Nunez after Rolen needed an operation.
    Good hitting out of Freese is not a surprise. His being healthy enough to realize his ability is the change.

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