Stat of the Day: April 16, 2021

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Cardinals this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 16: Phillies 9, Cardinals 2 -- Cards looking to break streak
The Cardinals, who dropped the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park, have not won a series against the Phillies since 2018. St. Louis won the previous six series (2015-17) leading up to that point.

April 14: Nationals 6, Cardinals 0 -- Yadi's 2,000th full of veteran moments
When the game hit the fifth inning on Wednesday and Yadier Molina's 2,000th game behind the plate became official, it marked an MLB first. Six catchers have caught 2,000 games; only Molina has done so for one franchise. Since Molina's first game in 2004, the world has changed. There were no iPhones. But the one they call Yadi is eternal, leading all catchers in at-bats, hits, doubles and even owning the second-most steals since entering the league.

What's more, a first-inning plate appearance on Wednesday pitted Adam Wainwright against the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, with Molina behind the dish. That's 50 years of Major League baseball in one at-bat, all of which have come for their one respective home franchises.

April 13: Cardinals 14, Nationals 3 -- Goldy blasts HR No. 250
Paul Goldschmidt thought he had homer No. 250 in his first at-bat of the season, though replay ultimately deemed it a double. Nevertheless, his solo blast in the first inning against the Nats -- for real this time -- put him in some cozy company. Eight others have hit their 250th homer while donning the birds on the bat: Stan Musial, Ken Boyer, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Edmonds, Reggie Sanders, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Matt Holliday. And now, Goldschmidt.

April 12: Nationals 5, Cardinals 2 -- The homerless king? That's John Gant
John Gant didn't turn in the outing he maybe wanted against the Nats, going five-plus solid frames before failing to retire a batter in the sixth and two more runs added to his ledger. There was one glaring positive, though. By not allowing a home run, Gant extended his streak of innings without doing so to 44 1/3 -- a stretch that dates to 2019. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the longest active streak in the Majors, with Gant surpassing Zack Britton, after entering the series opener tied with the Yankees reliever at 39 1/3 frames.

April 11: Brewers 9, Cardinals 3 -- Cards' inexperienced outfield
The news of Tyler O'Neill landing on the injured list put an already inexperienced Cardinals outfield in an even deeper hole. Starting against Milwaukee were Austin Dean, Lane Thomas and Dylan Carlson. The trio entered the day with a combined 563 plate appearances. For comparison, Adam Wainwright, a pitcher, owns 774 plate appearances across his big league career.

April 10: Brewers 9, Cardinals 5 -- First impressions? How about rivaling Maris?
Did Nolan Arenado need to do anything else to get into the good graces of Cardinals fans? Not really, but he did so anyway. His first-inning double gave him hits in each of his first eight games with his new club. That's the best hitting streak to the start of a Cardinals career since Roger Maris did the same in 1967. Maris hit .424 (14-for-33) to open up that season before going hitless in the ninth game of the season. Arenado is just behind, at .333 (11-for-33) -- but has the chance to pass the two-time MVP in the games category.

April 8: Cardinals 3, Brewers 1 -- Arenado curtain calls before 2021? 0. Now? 1.
Nolan Arenado arrived in St. Louis overwhelmingly excited to play in front of the Cardinals' faithful. Before this season, he said that he had never received a curtain call, despite plenty of worthy moments. Well, it took one game at Busch Stadium to receive his first, thanks to the two-run homer that he hit in the eighth.

One game, one curtain call. Sabermetrics.

April 7: Cardinals 7, Marlins 0 -- Dominance in Miami
The Cardinals completed their 10th all-time sweep of the Marlins, seven of which have come in Miami. The Cards now own a .644 road winning percentage against the Marlins, which is their second-best away mark vs. any team (minimum 50 games).

April 6: Cardinals 4, Marlins 2 -- A homer off Gant? Good luck, hitters
After pitching four innings on Tuesday, five years to the day since his MLB debut, John Gant extended his streak of homerless innings to 39 1/3, a mark dating back to the 2019 season. By the final pitch of his outing, Gant trailed only the Rockies' Germán Márquez at 39 2/3 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But Márquez, who also pitched on Tuesday, gave up a homer to the D-backs, handing Gant the longest active steak in the Majors, tied with the Yankees' Zack Britton (39 1/3 innings), who's on the injured list, and ahead of the Rays' Ryan Yarbrough (35 1/3). "Is John Gant good at baseball?" That's for Twitter to decide. But he's very good at limiting home runs, at the very least.

April 5: Cardinals 4, Marlins 1 -- Yadi passes Bench with 2B
Yadier Molina is trying to reach numerous milestones during this 2021 campaign. On Monday he seized one of the first, lacing his 382nd career double -- a two-run two-bagger in the first inning -- to pass Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for sole possession of eighth place all time among catchers. One of the next milestones on the docket? With 1,993 games caught following Monday's series opener, Molina is 32 games behind Jason Kendall for fifth all time.

April 4: Reds 12, Cardinals 1 -- Yadi's place carved in Cincinnati hearts
After the fracas with Nick Castellanos on Saturday, Yadier Molina received a Bronx cheer every time he stepped up to the plate on Sunday. His play alone could have merited such groans. Molina left the 12-1 loss with a .312 batting average and 65 RBIs at Great American Ball Park along with 16 homers across 113 games played, thanks in part to plating Tyler O'Neill in the fifth inning for the Cardinals' only run of the day. Those numbers are easily Molina's best at any rival National League Central ballpark over his 18-year career.

April 3: Reds 9, Cardinals 6 -- Opening series? DeJong bound to homer
Paul DeJong has an affinity for the start of the season. With a two-homer day against the Reds on Saturday, he made it four consecutive years in which he has left the yard during the opening series. The streak started with a homer in the third game of his first full season in 2018 -- against the Mets in New York -- and has continued every inaugural series since.

What's more, though it didn't come amid the start to the Cardinals' season, DeJong homered in the first Major League series of his career on May 28, 2017, in Colorado. It was merely his first career at-bat, to boot.

April 1: Cardinals 11, Reds 6 -- Carlson throws it back ... to 1936
How about a little throwback Thursday to start the 2021 season? Dylan Carlson's first-inning home run against the Reds was big in that it propelled the Cardinals to a 6-0 lead in an instant. But there's more.

The top prospect's first homer of the season made him the youngest Cardinals hitter with an Opening Day home run since 1936, when Eddie Morgan blasted a two-run shot off of the Cubs at 21 years of age. Carlson blasted his shot off of the right-field foul pole at 22 years, 160 days old.