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.
The 2013 team is the eighth of 18 to at least hold a share of first place through 39 games and is tied with last season’s club with the second-largest division lead. The 2013 squad has the most wins, is tied for the fewest losses and of course, holds the best winning percentage. The positive run differential of 53 is behind only 2012.
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