(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.