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Cardinals news and notes: Maness, the Wizard, and more Diaz

Fun with Cardinals single-game records, a follow-up to my Monday column on Aledmys Diaz, as well as yesterday at VEB

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On Tuesday Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus wrote a fun column on single game records for each batting counting stat across MLB. Give it a read. Thinking I would co-opt this idea into a Cardinals-centric theme, here, via the Baseball Reference Play Index, are the most recent Cardinals to hold single game records for each batting stat, extra-innings games excluded:

Category

Record

Times

Most Recent

Plate Appearances

8

1

Taylor Douthit 7/6/29

At Bats

7

9

Ray Lankford 8/5/94

Runs

5

10

J.D. Drew 5/1/99

Hits

6

3

Terry Moore 9/5/35

Doubles

4

1

Joe Medwick 8/4/37

Triples

3

2

Les Bell 9/22/26

Home Runs

4

1

Mark Whiten 9/7/93

RBI

12

2

Mark Whiten 9/7/93

Walks

5

1

Solly Hemus 9/15/51

Intentional Walks

3

5

Mike Matheny 8/11/02

Strikeouts

4

99

Brandon Moss 4/18/16

Stolen Bases

5

1

Lonnie Smith 9/4/82

Caught Stealing

3

1

Rogers Hornsby 6/12/22

Hit by Pitch

2

61

Matt Carpenter 4/10/16

Sacrifice Hits

3

22

Jaime Garcia 9/4/12

Sacrifice Flies

3

1

Vince Coleman 5/1/86

GIDP

3

3

Jhonny Peralta 8/29/15

Reached on Error

3

3

Emil Verban 7/30/44

Some interesting stuff here. If you're curious who else knocked in 12 runs in one game it was Jim Bottomley on September 16, 1924. Twelve RBIs is a record across all of MLB and Whiten and Bottomley are the only players to do it.

And if you were wondering who was batting behind Mike Matheny when he was intentionally walked three times in one game it was pitcher Chuck Finley. The Cardinals beat the Mets that night 9-0.

Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Aledmys Diaz

On Monday I wrote a column titled His defense is a problem but Aledmys Diaz should be a mainstay in the lineup. It was not a good title. My intended focus was on Diaz's bat and not his defense. Worse, I was irresponsible with the claim that his defense needs work, which I based on the small sample of stats in FanGraphs, what I had seen with my own eyes, and mostly the running narrative from what I had read from a few scouts and on message boards. It was a "Sorry mom, the mob has spoken. Monorail!" moment, and it was an unnecessary distraction from what was supposed to be the point of that column. I'm the first to admit that I'm not an expert when it comes to defensive metrics but one thing I do know is that you can't rely on small samples so that's on me.

Check out this piece from Craig for a better reading on what the metrics tell us so far about Diaz's defense.

Seth Maness

Great piece from Joe Schwarz on what might be ailing Seth Maness.

The Wizard and the 'Stros

I wrote about a time back in 1992 when I was worried that Ozzie Smith might sign with the Astros. He didn't and everything ended up okay.

El Gallo and Tarasenko

Our favorite pitcher is doing what he can to get Vladimir Tarasenko on the cover of NHL '17. If you want to do your part tweet the hashtag #NHL17Tarasenko.

Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks

The Cardinals are finishing up their four-game series with the Diamondbacks (and finishing up their fourth straight 9:40 est start - thank god). They're down early but I feel confident I'll fall asleep next inning and wake up in the morning to find out they won 14-3, with Diaz becoming the third player in history to drive in 12 RBIs (UPDATE: They lost 3-0). Here's the game thread and the recap.

Have a great weekend, everyone.