Diamond Diaries

Cardinal baseball, from the girls

Good, bad, ugly: the first half by the numbers

NOTE: Yes, today is Thursday, which has always meant Photo Thursday. We’ve taken an All-Star break from our photos of the week, but will be back next week – with Photo Wednesday! Look for the best Cardinals pictures on a new day for the second half of the season.

Thankfully, baseball returns tonight with the Cardinals taking on the Dodgers at Busch Stadium in the first of a four-game series. Hopefully Chris Carpenter will return to his pre-forearm-hit form and the bats will have stayed hot with the three-day break. Before the second half of the season begins, here’s one more look at the first half: by the numbers.

47
Wins by the Cardinals at the All-Star break
41
Losses by both the Cards and the Reds at the break
1

Games the Cards are behind the Reds in the NL Central

65

Days the Cardinals spent in first place, most recently on June 29

10

Most games above .500


0

Most games below .500

5
Longest winning streak


4

Longest losing streak


12

Most runs scored in a game (May 31), also most runs allowed in a game (June 7, July 3, July 6)


391
Total runs scored by the Cardinals

332

Total runs allowed by the Cardinals

3.39

Team ERA, second in the Major Leagues (behind San Diego)
.260
Team batting average, tied for fifth in National League (with Brewers, Mets and Braves)


30
Combined wins from Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia

6

Combined wins from Brad Penny and Blake Hawksworth (3 each)

2
Combined wins from Kyle Lohse and P.J. Walters (1 each)

0

Wins from Jeff Suppan


2

Combined losses from Joe Mather and Evan McLane (1 each)

9.00
Joe Mather’s ERA

Infinity
Evan McLane’s ERA

1
Blown saves each by Ryan Franklin and Jason Motte

16
Saves by Ryan Franklin
38
Games the Cards have won when leading after 8 innings
1
Game (unfortunately memorable) the Cards lost when leading after 8 innings

2
Pinch-hit home runs by Nick Stavinoha

2
Grand slams hit by the Cardinals this season (Yadier Molina, Felipe Lopez)

.400
Matt Holliday’s average in 10 games batting second.

.667
Albert Pujol’s average when the count is 3-0.

.354
Albert’s average with RISP

.221
Matt’s average with RISP

11
Longest hitting streak of the season, currently a tie between Jon Jay (ongoing) and Albert Pujols

9
Team high in stolen bases, by both Colby Rasmus and Albert Pujols

20
Runners Yadier Molina has caught stealing

12
Errors by Brendan Ryan, a team high

11
Errors by Skip Schumaker

7
Games the Brewers have played at Busch Stadium this season

0
Times the Cubs have played at Busch Stadium this season

9
Times the Cards have played the Diamondbacks this season

3
Times the Cards have played the Cubs this season

12
Games in the second half against the Cubs

1,677,904
Attendance at Busch Stadium this season (third-best in National League)

6-1
Record on first game of home stand (hopefully a good sign for tonight)

71
Mike Shannon’s age today – happy birthday!

1
My prediction for where the Cards will finish in the NL Central

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Cardinals.com, Yahoo! Sports

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