Wednesday, September 01, 2004

More Milestones

Brian at Redbird Nation listed a few things to pay attention to down the stretch on his blog yesterday, which can be found here. Going along with that same theme, I would like to add a couple of more items to keep in mind during the last five weeks of the season.

Albert Pujols hitting 50 home runs and 50 doubles in a season

This feat has only been acomplished once in major league history, as Albert Belle did it in 1995. Our Albert is currently on pace to hit 47 doubles and 51 home runs, so this is within the realm of possibility, assuming he doesn't get too many days off.

Albert Pujols having 100 extra base hits in a season

This has only been done twice in Cardinal history. Stan Musial had 103 extra base hits in 1948, 6th most in major league history (tied with 5 other players). Rogers Hornsby had 102 extra base hits in 1922 for the Cards, 12th most in MLB history. Pujols is currently on pace to have 99 extra base hits on the year.

The Cardinals having a pair of 50 home run hitters

This has only happened once in major league history, as Maris and Mantle hit 61 and 54 home runs respectively in 1961. After hitting 5 home runs in his last 3 games, Jim Edmonds is currently on pace to hit 47 this season, which would be a career best. But considering the fact that Edmonds hit 12 home runs in July, followed by 10 in August, I am willing to bet he can stay hot enough to hit 12 more over the next 31 games - once again, assuming he doesn't get too much time off due to the big lead.

Enjoy it folks - this type of a season doesn't come around very often!


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