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Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

When St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday drew a free pass in the 11th inning Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it kept the 35-year-old’s season-opening on-base streak intact at 23 games.

Holliday’s streak has reached the top 15 for the club all-time. It is the longest for a Cardinal since Albert Pujols was on base during his first 28 games in 2009. Pujols also holds the team record of 42 consecutive contests, which he set at the start of the prior season.

With an on-base percentage of .455, Holliday leads the Cardinals and is third in the National League only behind Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (.471) and Miami’s Dee Gordon (.463).

Here is the list of the Cardinals’ all-time bests, courtesy of researcher Tom Orf.

St. Louis Cardinals, on-base streak to open season, number of consecutive games

Rk Cardinal Games Start End
1 Albert Pujols 42 4,1,2008 5,15,2008
2 Albert Pujols 33 4,5,2005 5,11,2005
3 Enos Slaughter 29 4,19,1938 5,23,1938
T4 Albert Pujols 28 4,6,2009 5,7,2009
T4 Rogers Hornsby 28 4,15,1924 5,25,1924
T6 Whitey Kurowski 26 4,21,1943 5,23,1943
T6 Johnny Mize 26 4,15,1941 5,16,1941
T8 Mark McGwire 25 4,6,2000 5,12,2000
T8 Joe Torre 25 4,6,1971 5,1,1971
T10 Mark McGwire 24 4,5,1999 5,5,1999
T10 Al Dark 24 4,16,1957 5,16,1957
T10 Frankie Frisch 24 4,15,1930 5,11,1930
T10 Jim Bottomley 24 4,14,1925 5,15,1925
T14 Luis Alicea 23 4,23,1988 5,18,1988
T14 Matt Holliday 23 * 4,5,2015 05,03,2015 *
* current

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7 Responses to “Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Despite losing Wainwright, the strange hot streak continues. We are efficient, scoring just enough to win.

    Two appearances by Socolovich, two wins to his credit. He is making the majors look easy!

    Reynolds is everything the Cards hoped to get out of old Wigginton, plus much more.

  2. Brian Walton says:

    Through 5/12, Holliday is at 30 games, up to #3 on the above list.

  3. Brian Walton says:

    Holliday’s streak is now up to 37.

  4. Brian Walton says:

    Tonight, Holliday took over sole possession of first place at 43 games.

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