Stat of the Day: Oviedo throws it back to '13

June 16th, 2021

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.

June 16: Cardinals 1, Marlins 0 -- Oviedo throws it back to 2013
Not only was Johan Oviedo's effort enough to give the Cardinals their first season sweep of the Marlins in franchise history, but for his age, it was one of the best starts for St. Louis in recent memory. The 23-year-old Oviedo became the youngest Cardinal to toss seven scoreless innings with zero walks in a start since Shelby Miller did the exact same on May 10, 2013, against the Rockies at Busch Stadium. Miller's outing that day was also his first career shutout.

June 15: Cardinals 2, Marlins 1 -- Goldy's familiar walk-off
Paul Goldschmidt. A 1-1 ballgame late. Marlins in town. Sound familiar? That's because Goldschmidt's walk-off blast against the Marlins was his first walk-off homer since ... a solo shot in the 11th inning against Miami on June 19, 2019. Almost two years to the day.

June 14: Cardinals 4, Marlins 2 -- Waino fans No. 1,900
Adam Wainwright almost assuredly won't catch Bob Gibson's franchise record of 3,117 strikeouts. But he continues to give himself a decent chance to become only the second Cardinal with 2,000 punchouts, as his whiff of Jorge Alfaro on Monday was the 1,900th of his career. Ending his evening with six, Wainwright ran his his career total up to 1,903. Uncle Charlie is going to need to kick it into high gear over the remainder of the season -- and perhaps in 2022 if he returns -- but the double-millennia milestone remains a real possibility.

June 13: Cubs 2, Cardinals 0 -- Nolan being Nolan
Nolan Arenado made a pair of superb plays on Sunday Night Baseball, robbing Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom of hits while ranging into foul territory. But the third baseman's most telling play may have been one more casual. To nab Contreras again, this time in the sixth inning, Arenado unleashed a rocket 88.4 mph throw across the diamond. It was his fastest tracked throw this season -- by a margin of 2.3 mph -- and exactly 2 mph off his career high. That toss, on June 9, 2015, nabbed none other than Yadier Molina.

June 12: Cubs 7, Cardinals 2 -- O'Neill extends streak
A ninth-inning single from Tyler O'Neill shed some positivity on a tough night at Wrigley Field. With the knock, O'Neill extended his career-best on-base streak to 18 games. Over that stretch, the left fielder is hitting .358 (24-for-67) with a gaudy eight homers, seven of which have come in just 14 games since returning from the injured list.

June 11: Cubs 8, Cardinals 5 -- Yadi passes Pierzynski
With his second-inning single, Yadier Molina moved into a tie. With his fifth-inning knock, he leapfrogged. And with his seventh-inning hit, he inched closer to a Hall of Famer. The Cardinals' catcher laced career hits Nos. 2,043, 2,044 and 2,045 against the Cubs on Friday, passing A.J. Pierzynski (2,043) for sole possession of eighth among primary catchers. Next up: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, at 2,048.

June 9: Cardinals 8, Indians 2 -- Another 450-ft HR for O'Neill
Tyler O'Neill is a pretty spectacular player to watch when he's in a groove, with both power and speed that are among the very top ranks of baseball. On Wednesday, he hammered his 14th (and 15th) homers of the season -- and sixth (and seventh) in 13 games since returning from the injured list -- the first going 451 feet past the visitor's dugout in left field. It was O'Neill's fourth home run of the season of at least 450 feet. No one else in baseball has more.

June 8: Indians 10, Cardinals 1 -- No home cooking
The Cardinals dropped to 15-15 at home on the season. St. Louis' sixth consecutive loss is the worst stretch under Mike Shildt's tenure as manager. It marked the club's first six-game skid since June 2-8, 2017, and the first time it has lost six straight home games since June 27-July 14, 2018. Mike Matheny was dismissed as Cardinals manager following that final loss and Shildt was tabbed interim manager shortly thereafter.

June 6: Reds 8, Cardinals 7 -- Carp loves bases loaded
Matt Carpenter has never been one to shy away from a bases-loaded moment, even 11 years into his big league career. As a pinch-hitter -- his 87th career plate appearance with the bases juiced -- Carpenter collected his 87th and 88th RBIs with a two-run double to the warning track as part of a seven-run frame. That's right -- he has more RBIs than plate appearances with the bases full, thanks to a .483 batting average and an OPS well over 1.100.

June 5: Reds 5, Cardinals 2 -- Walks prove costly
Frustrating for the Cardinals is how much they pride themselves on their defense. So when the pitching offers as many free passes as it has so far this season -- including four on Saturday -- it does little to allow that defense to showcase their abilities and collect outs. While four is not quite such a gaudy number, it included each of the Cardinals' first three pitchers on the afternoon issuing a leadoff walk -- the latter two of which came around to score. All told, St. Louis has issued 265 walks on the season -- 27 more than any other MLB squad by final out on Saturday.

June 4: Reds 6, Cardinals 4 -- O'Neill's sprawling defense
Tyler O'Neill knows what it means to take a hit to make the play. He learned it as a Canadian native and hockey fan growing up, and he learned it again with an immaculate catch against the Reds. The Cardinals' left fielder had to cover 89 feet in 4.9 seconds as he slid into the short wall in foul territory to retire Shogo Akiyama in the sixth inning. Lauded for his unique combination of power and speed, O'Neill sprinted 28.7 feet/second to make the catch; 27.0 is league average. What's more, O'Neill fired a 87.1 mph dart to nab Jonathan India trying to stretch a single in the eighth.

June 3: Reds 4, Cardinals 2 -- Everlasting battery
Move over, Don Drysdale and Johnny Roseboro. Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina now own the fourth-most starts together among all-time pitcher-catcher batteries after making their 284th start together against the Reds. Next up on the list: Red Faber and Ray Schalk, who own 306 starts together.

June 2: Dodgers 14, Cardinals 3 -- Goldy's Dodgers domination

Before the Dodgers came out with 11 runs in the bottom of the first, Paul Goldschmidt opened the scoring with a solo homer. It was Goldschmidt's 33rd against the Dodgers in his career, which is the most among active players.

June 1: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 -- Molina moves up the ranks
This marked the 2,026th game caught of Yadier Molina's career, moving him past Jason Kendall for fifth in MLB history. Next on the list is Gary Carter, with 2,056, a mark Molina could pass later this season. The Majors' all-time leader in games caught is Ivan Rodriguez, with 2,427.