ST. LOUIS -- With an RBI single in his first at-bat on Tuesday night, outfielder Matt Holliday matched Albert Pujols' franchise record of reaching base in 42 consecutive games to open a season. Pujols set the mark in 2008 and had been the only player in the Majors to begin a year with an on-base streak of that length since 2000.
Dating back to last season, Holliday has actually reached base in 44 straight games. It's the longest on-base streak by a Cardinals player since Jim Edmonds reached in 47 consecutive games in 2004. Stan Musial has the longest on-base streak (not confined to the start of one season) in Cardinals history at 55, which began in August 1953.