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Big Show Blog: Cards Putting Up Historic Numbers

The St. Louis Cardinals are putting up some gaudy offensive numbers, and these stats from the ESPN Stats and Information Department back it up.

Here are some tidbits we pulled from the ESPN Stats and Information Department:

Cardinals Offense is Red Hot

At 48-29, the Cardinals have the best record in baseball and a lot has to do with a productive offense. Tuesday they scored 13 runs passing the Tigers for most 10-run games in MLB this season. Here’s a closer look at some things they are doing well and a few players that have stepped up this season.

10 Cardinals scored 10+ runs for 10th time this season on Tuesday, the most in MLB. Ironically 7 of those 10 games have come on road.
114 Cardinals lead the majors with a +114 run differential. The next “closest” are the Red Sox and Tigers who are both +76.
.339 batting average with runners in scoring position … by far the best in baseball. In fact the teams tied for 2nd-place, Rays and Tigers, are hitting .288.

NEXT LEVEL: The Cardinals only get 28.1 percent of their runs from the long ball, which ranks 27th of 30 in MLB this season. While they are not relying on home runs, they ARE putting balls in play and forcing defenses to stop them. The Cardinals percentage of balls put in play is tied for 2nd in baseball and their total number of well-hit balls ranks 3rd. Plus as a team they have a miss percentage under 20%, which means when they swing, they make contact.

Cardinals Offense – This Season
MLB Rank
BA                       .276 2nd
In-Play%            43.2 T-2nd
Well hit balls        484 3rd
Miss%                 19.7 3rd

The Cardinals have been especially good with runners in scoring position. Their batting average and on-base percentage are the best in baseball. A big portion of that production comes from Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran who are both hitting .455 in that situation. They are tied for the 2nd-best average in MLB with RISP this season.

Batting with RISP – This Season
MLB Rank
BA                   .339 1st
OBP                 .411 1st
RBI                   284 3rd
Craig & Beltran: .455 w/ RISP (T-2nd in MLB)

The Cardinals have had 5 players with hitting streaks of at least 10 games this season, tied for most such players on a single team in MLB (Freese – 20, Carpenter – 18, Beltran – 14, Craig – 12, Molina – 11). Here’s a closer look at what some of these guys have been doing to help the team.

With 3 RBI on Tuesday, Craig is tied for the 2nd-most in MLB this month. That’s also his career-high for most RBI in a calendar month. Overall Craig’s 61 RBI are 5th-most in baseball.

Most RBI in June – This Season
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI 25
Allen Craig, STL 24 3 RBI Tuesday at Astros
Carlos Gonzalez, COL 24

NEXT LEVEL: Molina is leading the NL in batting average (.355) and if he keeps his current pace, he’ll end up with a career year in that category. A big key to his success is handling the fastball. Molina is currently hitting .402 against that pitch, which is his best since 2009 and 4th-best in MLB this season. He also has 16 doubles against fastballs, which is the most in MLB.

Molina BA vs Fastballs – Since 2009
2013 .402 <<

2012 .363

2011 .313

2010 .290

2009 .304

>> 4th in MLB

Last season Beltran was brought in to help replace some of the production that was supposed to be lost after Albert Pujols left for the Angels. However a solid case can be made that Beltran has been a better offensive player.

Replacing Pujols – Last 2 Seasons
Beltran Pujols
BA                          .282 .277
HR                            50    43
RBI                          145  153
OPS                       .859 .832
BA W/ RISP           .325 .290

Carpenter is in his 2nd full season and has been making a big impact all over the field. Defensively he’s started at least 1 game at 4 different positions (1B, 2B, 3B & LF) and offensively he’s already surpassed a lot of what he did last season.

Carpenter – Last 2 Seasons
2012 2013
Games        114   73
BA              .294 .318
Runs             44    57
XBH              33    30
HR                  6      6
RBI                46    30

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