(Updated March 14, 2017)
Outfielder Jon Jay, hitless in his first 14 at-bats in the 2011 World Series, experienced one of the longest droughts in Cardinals World Series history.
The skid was surprising for a batter who hit .297 in 455 at-bats during the 2011 regular season.
Jay went 2-for-4 in Game 6 to break the hitless stretch and finished the 2011 World Series with a .111 batting mark (2-for-18).
Here’s a look at Cardinals batters who had World Series slumps similar to what Jay is experienced in 2011:
The light-hitting shortstop, who had a .217 batting average in 14 big-league seasons, enjoyed his most productive season in 1968, batting .253 with 116 hits (both career highs), but that didn’t carry over into the 1968 World Series against the Tigers.
Maxvill, batting eighth, was 0-for-22 with three walks in that World Series.
He twice was lifted for a pinch hitter. In Game 5, infielder Ed Spiezio pinch-hit for Maxvill in the ninth and singled off Mickey Lolich. In Game 7, Maxvill was replaced in the eighth by pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano, who grounded out to third against Lolich.
The third baseman had an outstanding 2004 season, hitting .314 with 34 home runs and a team-leading 124 RBI. It was the first time he had batted .300 or better in a season.
Rolen, batting cleanup, was 0-for-15 in the 2004 World Series against the Red Sox. He had one walk and one sacrifice fly.
The tone was set in Game 1. With the score tied 9-9, the Cardinals had the bases loaded and one out. Rolen popped out to third against closer Keith Foulke and Boston went on to an 11-9 victory. Boxscore
The second baseman, acquired July 30, 2006, from the Indians for infielder Hector Luna, had six hits for St. Louis in the National League Division Series against the Padres and six hits in the NL Championship Series against the Mets.
Belliard was 0-for-12 in the 2006 World Series against the Tigers. He started three games at second base. Though manager Tony La Russa tried Belliard in the fifth, sixth and seventh spots in the order during the World Series, nothing worked to shake him from his slump.
A career .310 hitter in 16 major-league seasons, the first baseman batted .304 with 97 RBI in 1930.
Bottomley was 1-for-22 (.045) for the Cardinals in the 1930 World Series against the Athletics. He had a double and two walks. He struck out nine times.
Bottomley batted in the cleanup spot in the first five games of that World Series before being moved to the sixth position for Game 6.
In the pivotal Game 5, it was scoreless in the eighth and the Cardinals had a runner on first with two outs when Bottomley struck out against Lefty Grove. The Athletics went on to a 2-0 victory. Boxscore
Like Rolen, Edmonds had a robust 2004 regular season, hitting .301 with 42 home runs and 111 RBI. He also had seven hits and seven RBI in the NL Championship Series against the Astros.
Edmonds, batting fifth behind Rolen, was 1-for-15 (.067) with a walk and six strikeouts against the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. His lone hit was a bunt single in his first World Series plate appearance.