DH who? Redbirds getting offensive spark from starting pitchers

DH who? Redbirds getting offensive spark from starting pitchers

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

(BaseballStL) -- This season’s Cardinals offense has been anemic and questionable, but a group of unlikely hitters continues to provide regularity where the big bats haven’t – the starting pitchers.

Among NL starters, Redbirds ace Adam Wainwright has the highest batting average at .381 with a .476 slugging percentage in 22 at-bats. Wainwright has two RBIs on 8 hits, 2 of which were doubles.

Both Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha have 2 RBIs each, coming from a double and single, respectively. Wacha’s RBI single came Thursday against the Chicago Cubs in a busy fourth inning.

Lance Lynn has also recorded one double and one RBI, giving the Cardinals starting rotation 7 RBIs out of 140 total for the Cards. San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner leads all pitchers with 5 RBIs.

The pitchers have also scored 7 runs. Partner that with RBIs and that brings their total run production to 14 of the Cardinals 152 runs on the season, almost a tenth of the Redbirds total offensive production.

Proponents for the designated hitter would laugh at that last statistic, but in a season marred by offensive inconsistency, the steady bats of the starters has served as a positive for a team that hasn’t had many. 

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