Stat digest part 2: Cardinal position players in the first half -

Stat digest part 2: Cardinal position players in the first half

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

 (Baseball StL) -- There’s lies, damn lies and statistics Mark Twain once said. In baseball though, stats are how we measure performance. So here’s the stats on the St. Louis Cardinal position players.

Yadier Molina.  .341.  Hits better on the road (.357) than at home and much better at night than during the day (.371 to .273). Lefties or righties, doesn’t matter, he mashes both at the same average. And with runners in scoring position? .388. Who’s your Daddy?

Inside Baseball stat: Hits .419 late in close games, the definition of a clutch performer.

Odd Stat: He’s lights out with men on first and second or second and third (.nearly .500) but just .071 with men at first and third.

Allen Craig.  .333, 74 RBIs.  Hits just .274 with the bases empty. That’s the only bad thing I can find. With men on base he’s Ted Williams, hitting .405, including 5-8 with the bases loaded.  With runners in scoring position he’s hitting a video game average of .489 (44-90).

Inside Baseball stat: He’s hitting .219 against the Reds and is 0-9 against Bronson Arroyo.

Odd stat: Despite his batting average with runners on and his 74 RBIs, he hasn’t been walked intentionally this year.

Matt Carpenter. .321 with 115 hits. Hits much better at home and much better during the day. He also hits .296 against lefties, a rare feat for a left-handed batter. Once at least one runner gets to third, put a run on the board. He’s hitting .556 in that situation.

Inside baseball Stat: Has one stolen base and been caught three times.

Odd Stat: He hits better when he is behind in the count than ahead (.307-.296).

Pete Kozma. .233.  Has almost as many Ks (60) as hits (67). Hits .264 on the road but just .195 at Busch, meaning he’s feeling pressure at home. Also hitting just .213 at night, meaning he should avoid night games at Busch. Hits just .187 with the bases empty, meaning no rallies start from the bottom of the order.

Inside baseball stat: Pitchers know to get ahead of him. Hits just .182 once he falls behind in the count.

Odd stat: Put him up there with runners in scoring position and Pete Kozma turns into Pete Rose.  He’s hitting .338 in that situation and an incredible .522 with the bases loaded or men at first and third.

David Freese. .271. Has only 30 RBIs due to a horrendous April (.163 average). Doesn’t hit lefties well (.239) Biggest deficiency is his inability to drive in runs in RBI situations. Hits just .205 with runners in scoring position, including 1-8 with the bases loaded. But, with no one on he hits nearly .300, meaning he may be pressing to produce with men on base.

Inside baseball stat: After that horrific April, he’s hitting .295.

Odd stat: If he gets behind in the count, he’s toast. Hits just .177

Daniel Descalso. .275.  Struggles against lefties (.182). Not the guy to start a rally as he hits just .206 with bases empty. But put runners in scoring position and he’s Mickey Mantle, hitting .324. If he gets ahead in the count, look out. He hits .360.

Inside baseball stat:  After a miserable April he’s smoking hot, hitting .330 since May 1.

Odd stat: He’s hitting .360 against Bronson Arroyo (9-25).

Matt Holliday. .268, 13 home runs. Streaky hitter who struggled in May (.235) but near .270 the rest of the season. Doesn’t hit squat in day games (.194) and should stay home against lefties (.206).  Hits a marvelous .368 with runners in scoring position and a paltry .207 with no one on base, another position from which rallies seldom start.

Inside baseball stat: Hitting late in a close game, Holliday hits just .138.

Odd stat: About 55 percent of his at-bats come with no one on base (when he’s hitting just .207) Time to move him somewhere else in the order.

John Jay. .250.  April and June were gruesome (under .230 combined) while May and July have been glorious (.285). Can’t hit his weight against lefties (.167).  Hits just .205 when leading off an inning and just .111 in the first inning of a ballgame.  Hits best with runners on first and second (.480) and worst with runners at second and third (.083).

Inside baseball stat: The majority of his at bats (54 percent) have come with the bases empty, a situation in which he hits .227.

Odd stat:  He has 7 intentional walks, more than Holliday, Beltran and Feeese combined.

Carlos Beltran. .309, 19 homers. A consummate professional baseball player. Day or night, home or away, early in the season or late, from the left side or the right, his average is nearly the same. How’s this for a pair of stats: he’s batting .431 with runners in scoring position and .443 when he’s ahead in the count.

Inside baseball stat: 12 of his 19 homers have come with the bases empty.

Odd stat: Despite his impressive body of work, he has not received any intentional walks this year.

Matt Adams. .316, 7 homers.  Despite limited at-bats, it’s clear Big ‘Un can rake. He’s hitting .297 when he’s behind in the count and .368 against lefties in a small sample size. Most of his taters (5) and his RBIs (16) have come in day games at Busch.



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