Record vs. winning teams
St. Louis finished 31-23 against teams with a winning record. The Cardinals notched at least two wins against each team and struggled the most with Philadelphia (2-4) and San Diego.
The Cardinals were buoyed on offense by MVP candidate Albert Pujols. The 25-year-old finished in the top three in 13 different National League offensive categories. Despite playing most of the season without All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen and chunks of the season without Larry Walker, Reggie Sanders and Yadier Molina, the Cardinals still finished in the top eight among all Major League teams in runs, RBIs and on-base percentage. They finished in the top four among National League teams in runs scored, hits, RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage.
MLB hitting stats
The starting pitching staff has been the one consistent factor for the Cardinals all season. The party of five lead the Major Leagues in team ERA and wins by starting pitchers. Cardinals starters finished the season with 81 wins, the most wins Cardinals starters have had since the beginning of Divisional play in 1969. St. Louis is just the fourth NL team to receive 80 or more wins from their starting staff.
MLB pitching stats
Chris Carpenter leads the team in wins, strikeouts and ERA. He ranks second in the National League in wins, complete games, winning percentage and shutouts, but struggled in his last four starts, going 0-1 with a 9.34 ERA. In the bullpen, Jason Isringhausen's 39 saves ranked fifth in the National League. Isringhausen has the tendency to keep things interesting, but usually gets the job done.
Cardinals pitching stats
The Cardinals lead the Major Leagues in double plays. Much of that is credited to a new middle infield in 2005, with David Eckstein at shortstop and Mark Grudzielanek at second base.
Yadier Molina has established himself as an up-and-coming star in the league. Runners rarely attempt to test Molina's gun (just 25 times). He has the best percentage of throwing out attempted base stealers. The next highest percentage is Brian Schneider of Washington (40 percent).
MLB fielding stats
At the corners, Pujols has put together a quality season defensively at first base, and Abraham Nunez has played well defensively in place of perennial Gold Glover Rolen at the hot corner.
In the outfield, Jim Edmonds ranks third in assists (seven) and third in fielding percentage (.994) among National League center fielders.
Cardinals fielding stats
Mark Mulder (4 G, 24 IP, 2-2 record, 2.25 ERA)
Cal Eldred (5 G, 2.2 IP, 0-0 record, 6.75 ERA)
Jason Isringhausen (17 G, 19.2 IP, 0-1 record, 2.75 ERA)
Ray King (14 G, 7.2 IP, 0-0 record, 2.35 ERA)
Jason Marquis (6 G, 16.1 IP, 0-1 record, 4.96 ERA)
Matt Morris (13 G, 62 IP, 1-5 record, 4.06 ERA)
Al Reyes (2 G, 1.1 IP, 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA)
Jeff Suppan (4 G, 23.2 IP, 2-2 record, 3.80 ERA)
Julian Tavarez (26 G, 26 IP, 2-4 record, 2.77 ERA)
Einar Diaz (12 G, .238, 0 HR, 2 RBIs)
Yadier Molina (4 G, .143, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
David Eckstein (19 G, .300, 0 HR, 6 RBIs)
Mark Grudzielanek (12 G, .183, 0 HR, 3 RBIs)
Albert Pujols (28 G, .324, 8 HR, 21 RBI)
Jim Edmonds (36 G, .290, 10 HR, 30 RBIs)
Hector Luna (3 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
John Mabry (19 G, .217, 0 HR, 2 RBIs)
Reggie Sanders (56 G, .188, 5 HR, 13 RBIs)
So Taguchi (6 G, .167, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
Larry Walker (19, .278, 7 HR, 14 RBIs)
2005 Stats vs. Padres
Pujols played in all seven games against San Diego and batted .385 with two home runs and six RBIs.
Matt Morris pitched seven strong innings on May 5, allowing just two runs on six hits before the bullpen caved in and gave up five more runs in an 8-3 loss.
Jason Marquis (.377 ERA vs. San Diego) and Carpenter (5.15 ERA) are the only two starters who have pitched in more than one game against the Padres this season.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Jake Peavy
Walker .067 (1-for-15), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Grudzielanek .455 (5-for-11), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Edmonds .200 (2-for-10), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Pujols .556 (5-for-9), 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Mabry .222 (2-for-9), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Nunez .167 (2-for-6), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Eckstein .000 (0-for-4) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Yadier Molina .000 (0-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
John Rodriguez .000 (0-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Mike Mahoney .000 (0-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Sanders .500 (1-for-2) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Compiled by Stephen A. Norris