Stat of the Day: Kim's 1.04 ERA vs. Crew

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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.

May 11: Cardinals 6, Brewers 1 (11 innings) -- Kim's small-sample success
Kwang Hyun Kim hasn't been completely dominant against the Brewers, but the Cardinals' lefty has proven to be a solid foil against Milwaukee's lineup. Though he nearly took the loss in the series opener at American Family Field thanks to a slow start from his offense, Kim allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings. He now sports a 1.04 ERA and has a 5-to-2 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 17 1/3 career innings against the Brewers.

May 9: Cardinals 2, Rockies 0 -- Wainwright's 400th game
With his first pitch to Raimel Tapia at 1:17 p.m. CT, Adam Wainwright embarked upon the 400th game of his career (and his 333rd start), becoming the seventh Cardinals pitcher to reach that mark. The right-hander joined Hall of Famers Jesse Haines and Bob Gibson, as well as Bill Sherdel, Bob Forsch, Al Brazle and Jason Isringhausen.

May 8: Cardinals 9, Rockies 8: Dominance of Rox continues
The Cardinals have been dominant at home against the Rockies. Since the current iteration of Busch Stadium opened in 2006, St. Louis holds a .755 (40-13) home winning percentage over Colorado, its best home mark against any opponent in that stretch. With the win, the Cardinals have now beaten the Rockies in eight straight meetings at Busch and 14 of the past 15 dating back to May 18, 2016.

May 7: Cardinals 5, Rockies 0 -- Flaherty's first dinger
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty helped his own cause against the Rockies by driving a shot 416 feet to left field for his first big league home run. According to Statcast, no other St. Louis pitcher since at least 2015 has hit a home run ball farther than Flaherty besides Miles Mikolas, who hit one 426 feet in Colorado on Aug. 24, 2018. It was also the first homer by a Cardinals pitcher since Tyson Ross took Clayton Kershaw deep on Sept. 13, 2018.

May 6: Mets 4, Cardinals 1 -- Gant walks tightrope
John Gant entered Thursday with the highest walk rate (16.5 percent) among all pitchers (minimum 20 innings pitched). By the time he left the Busch Stadium mound with one out in the fifth, a stark divide played out: Gant’s 2.15 ERA stood as 19th best in the Majors (also min. 20 innings); his 1.70 WHIP was fifth worst.

As of Gant’s last pitch on Thursday, not one other arm in the bottom 30 of WHIP had an ERA under 3.50, let alone under 2.50. It pays to have some luck.

May 5: Cardinals 4, Mets 1 (Game 1) -- DeJong bests Mets (again)
With his fifth-inning homer in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, Paul DeJong laced his 21st extra-base hit against the Mets in his young career ... in just his 22nd career game against them. No other player in MLB history has laced as many extra-base hits against New York through his first 22 games against the franchise. Next on the list? Albert Pujols at 18, and Rico Carty at 17.

May 3: Cardinals 6, Mets 5 -- Three-run blasts to the past
What's red, white and the first team to do something since the 2000 Giants? That'd be the 2021 Cardinals, who, after Nolan Arenado's game-tying three-run blast on Monday, became the first team since that San Francisco squad to rattle off a three-run homer in five consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. No Cardinals team had ever done it before. What's more, the first three in the streak dating back to Thursday -- two from Matt Carpenter and one by Justin Williams -- were of the pinch-hit variety. Had the Cardinals hit a pinch-hit homer in Saturday's win over the Pirates, they would have been the first team in the Modern Era to hit a pinch-hit homer in four consecutive games, also per Elias.

May 2: Cardinals 3, Pirates 0 -- Bader's bat heating up
How much can you make out of one home run? Well, for Harrison Bader, the Cardinals are hoping for a lot. The center fielder's three-run blast in the second inning against the Pirates came on a slider from right-hander Wil Crowe. It was Bader's first home run since returning from the injured list with right forearm soreness, his first homer since the 2020 regular-season finale and only the sixth of his career on a breaking pitch from a right-hander. The Cardinals would love to see Bader's batting splits even out, and Sunday's game was a great start.

May 1: Cardinals 12, Pirates 5 -- Flaherty's run support stock continues to skyrocket
Jack Flaherty is a run-support magnet. After scoring 12 runs against the Pirates, the Cardinals have now scored at least five runs in each of Flaherty's six starts (the most of any pitcher this season).

In total, St. Louis has scored 61 runs in the games that Flaherty has started. Of those 61, 49 were scored while Flaherty was still the pitcher of record -- also the most any pitcher has gotten in the Majors this year.