Just to shift gears away from all the talk about Skip, 2B, and defense, I thought I'd start a thread to discuss how well the St. Louis OFFENSE seems to be performing in the early portions of spring training. I know this is the time of year when managers experiment, the games don't count and people are just stretching themselves out for the season. But, consider this:
- In 12 Games, the Cardinals have scored 90 RUNS (7.5 per game)
- Virtually every starter is CRUSHING the ball
- Duncan, perhaps the biggest surprise is leading the team in homers
- Duncan is ALSO hitting at a .370 clip
- Schmuaker continues to hit .333 while learning a brand new position
- The most recent game (Marlins) gave us 8 runs, 14 hits
Now, I don't have the stats from the 2008 ST, but this has to represent a significant uptick in offensive production from what is normal. Just comparing the Cardinals to the best teams in the league, the Cubs are averaging 5.3 runs, the Red Sox 6.1, the Rays 6.7, the Phillies 5.9... Should we be encouraged by the hitting we are seeing at the plate? Has the addition of such pieces as Greene, moving Skip to 2B, and other tweaks turned us into some sort of scoring juggernaut?