(BaseballStL) – Manager Mike Matheny said at the end of August that he believed the Cardinal offense would rear its head once again.
Coming into the final game of the home series with the Brewers, it would be fair to call him prescient.
The Cardinals have won five in a row, and despite a 12-8 shootout with Pittsburgh to open the home stand, the Birds have outscored their opponents 35- 3 during the streak.
Matt Holliday has been resurgent, knocking in 10 runs in September, and 20 in the last 20 games.
His run production is a welcome sight, as prior to August 21st, he had five straight games without an RBI. Were it not for a two-RBI performance on August 15, the streak would have been eight games.
Matt Carpenter continues to be a massive thorn in opposing teams’ sides, going 24-for-65 in his last 17 games, scoring 20 times. He’s scored 14 times this month alone, leading everyone in the majors by three runs.
On the season he’s got the most runs in baseball by 13.
The Cardinals score a ton of runs. They lead the NL by nearly 30 on the year, and are the only team in the league to lead scoring in more than one month of the season.
Their run differential (+153) is so good, they’re better than Cincinnati and Pittsburgh combined. They have a run gap that’s more than double that of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
St. Louis has the second fewest strikeouts in the NL at 998, the most doubles, and the best batting average.
They continue to lead all of baseball with runners in scoring position, hitting .329; 44 points better than the next team in baseball, and 66 points better than the next team in the National League.
The NL Central is a scary place to play. It’s the only division with three teams having 80+ wins. Were it not for the Rangers in the AL West, it would be the only division with two teams having more than 80 wins.
The AL East, with the powerhouse Red Sox and home-run bashing Orioles, has 389 total wins.
The NL Central, even with the Brewers and Cubs, has 376.
Despite leading the NL in runs scored (3,027) and home runs (697), the Central trails every division in the AL in runs and only leads the Central by five in homers.
The Cardinals team ERA of 3.51 is fifth in the NL, but would lead the AL.
JJ Bailey covers the Cardinals for KMOV.com and the BaseballStL app. Follow him on twitter @jungborednbroke and on @baseballstl_app for updates.