Monday -- Cardinals 3, D-backs 2; Peralta walks off D-backs in 10th. Tuesday -- Cardinals 6, D-backs 4; St. Louis pounces early on Bradley. Wednesday -- RHP Josh Collmenter (3-5, 5.19) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (3-4, 3.46), 4:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Manager Chip Hale's four-headed outfield is among the most productive in baseball. David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, Mark Trumbo and Ender Inciarte combine for 34 doubles, 15 homers, 18 stolen bases and 72 RBI. All have done their part -- Inciarte leads the group in doubles, Trumbo leads in homers, Pollock leads in stolen bases and Peralta leads in RBI. Everyone is playing and no one is grumpy. It is hard to imagine a quartet better in tune.
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Good as Gold-schmidt
Paul Goldschmidt is on the same arc that landed him in the 2013 All-Star game and as the NL MVP runner-up. Goldschmidt is third in the league in RBI (38), batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.438) and walks (29), tied for second in homers (12) and second in OPS (1.072). It is not just the numbers. "Man, you are just better than everyone else," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he told Goldschmidt after Goldschmidt's game-tying homer Friday. Goldschmidt had 12 homers and 41 RBI through May two seasons ago.
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Ahmed on a roll
Nick Ahmed enters the St. Louis series on a nine-game hitting streak and with a season-high .216 batting average, built on a 14-for-34 run that includes a double, triple, homer and seven RBI. Then there is that glove. At this point, anyway, the D-backs' takeaway from the three-team trade that sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees and brought left-hander Robbie Ray from Detroit is a plus-plus defender at shortstop and a power arm aligned for a future spot in the starting rotation.
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Model of consistency
The Cardinals have the best win percentage (.636) in the NL despite a recent bump in the road while losing six of their last 10. They are doing it with pitching and steady offense. The Cardinals lead the NL in ERA, even without Adam Wainwright, and are fifth in runs. Third baseman Matt Carpenter, second baseman Kolten Wong and left fielder Matt Holliday are in the top 10 in batting average.