I'm a little constrained for time tonight, so for this morning's thread I don't have anything except a question. Right now, at this very moment, Albert Pujols is hitting .226/.288/.358; Matt Holliday is hitting .391/.517/.609; Colby Rasmus is hitting .377/.459/.604; and Lance Berkman is hitting .311/.367/.622. Average them together and they're hitting .326/.408/.548, which is—I'd have to guess—a little optimistic for the rest of the season.
I want to know: Just how optimistic?
For reference, their averaged OPS last season was .902, which is itself extremely impressive. Give Berkman his 2009 OPS and that goes up to .933.
I find this a distinctly difficult game to play because right now that overly high OPS is being generated by three unsustainably great starts and one Albert Pujols Nightmare Freakout. It's hard to look at those four numbers—it looks like Miguel Cairo, Ted Williams, Ted Williams, and Juan Gonzalez, there—and get something reasonable-looking out of them.
On Thursday they hit .421 and slugged .789, and the Cardinals will usually win when that happens.