Let’s look at the 2012 Cardinals by the numbers:
- · They are currently 20-11. That is tied with three others for the most wins in the major leagues.
- · They have scored 174 runs. That is the most in the major leagues. Texas is the next closest (170).
- · They have given up only 99 runs. That is second in the majors only to Washington (91).
- · That gives them a run difference of +75. That is the most in the majors with Texas coming in second at +65. The next closest is Atlanta at +24. Side note: Milwaukee has the worst run difference in the NL with -30.
- · They have won 12 games on the road. That is the most in the majors, tied with Texas.
- · They also have more wins against their division than any other team in the majors and are the only team to be undefeated against teams outside their division.
Now let’s see why that is. Start with the offense:
In the National League, the Cardinals are:
- · 1st in batting average
- · 1st in on base percentage
- · 1st in slugging percentage
- · 1st in RBIs
- · 1st in homeruns
- · 1st in hits
- · 1st in runs
- · 2nd in triples and 2nd in stolen bases (I guess we they can’t be first in every category).
As individuals in all of the major leagues, the Cardinals have:
- · 4 players in the top 30 for batting average
- · 6 players in the top 30 for RBIs
- · 4 players in the top 30 for homeruns
- · 6 players in the top 30 for hits (Furcal leads the league)
- · 5 players in the top 30 for runs
- · 3 players in the top 30 for stolen bases
Now to the pitching. In the National League, the Cardinals are:
- · 1st in least amount of walks
- · 2nd in ERA
- · 2nd in least amount of runs allowed
- · 2nd in WHIP
- · 4th in least amount of hits allowed
- · 5th in least amount of homeruns allowed
As individuals, the Cardinals have:
- · 3 pitchers in the top 15 for ERA
- · 3 pitchers in the top 7 for wins (Lynn leads the league)
- · 2 pitchers in the top 30 for WHIP
Now to the fielding. In the National League, the Cardinals are:
- · 1st in fielding percentage
- · 1st in double plays
- · 1st in errors (meaning the least)
- · 2nd in stolen bases allowed
- · 2nd in assists
We won’t get into the individual fielding stats.
The point being, the Cardinals are playing all-around good baseball right now. As a team, they lead in just about every single major category and as individuals, they are also tops in just about every single category. It’s a good start for manager Mike Matheny. And remember, all of this is without Pujols (left via free agency), Carpenter (injured), Berkman (injured), and also without the best stuff from Wainwright. This could be a scary, scary team come October.