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Crestfallen to Triumph, Stat All-Star #2

Last week was a wild week for the Cardinals, and I gave a good prediction about it. Losing both series against the Yankee and the Giants. During the week, did the players help their case to get an All-Star vote? This time, it will only be yours truly. (Same rules apply as last week and the stats are from fangraphs.com)

First Base; 13 Players.

N.L. Leaders

Matt Adams

Change from last week

AVG

*

.325

.314 (.011)

OBP

Votto .410

.337 (8)

.330 (.007)

SLG

Morse .574

.474 (6)

.480 (-.006)

wOBA

Morse .398

.350 (8)

.349 (.001)

Off W

Freeman 13.4

5.1 (8)

4.5 (0.6)

Def W

Reynolds 2.2

-1.0 (2)

-0.7 (-0.3)

WAR

Goldschmidt 1.6

1.1 (T-4)

1 (0.1)

ISO

Morse .279

.149 (12)

.166 (-.017)

BABIP

*

.390

.380 (.010)

BB%

Votto 19.1%

2.5% (13)

2.7% (-0.2%)

K%

Alonso 11.9%

19.8% (7)

20.3% (-0.5)

RBI

Goldschmidt 38

17 (11)

15 (2)

For only playing three games before going on the 15-Day DL (calf). He was at .500 on AVG, OBP, and going higher on SLG (.600) against the Yankees. Improving slightly, his K% is going down while keeping the ball in play. He knows the strike zone but most of the pitches are outside the zone. He is 69.9% on O-Contact% (Outside the Zone Contact); only three other players have a higher percentage than him. That's good considering that 57.1% of the pitches he is given are outside the zone. Not enough to get the vote though. Michael Morse gets it.

Second Base; 12 Players. Chase Utley with the vote. Kolten Wong is not yet qualified to be in the running but if he was, here are his stats.

N.L. Leaders

Kolten Wong

AVG

Utley .320

.268 (9)

OBP

Utley .381

.333 (5)

SLG

Utley .517

.325 (12)

wOBA

Utley .387

.297 (10)

Off W

Utley 12.8

0.3 (T-5)

Def W

Phillips 5

3.9 (4)

WAR

Utley 2.3

0.9 (T-5)

ISO

Utley .197

.057 (13)

BABIP

Utley .363

.308 (8)

BB%

Hicks 13%

7.4% (3)

K%

Murphy 10.8%

11.8% (2)

RBI

Utley 27

11 (13)

Kolten Wong is not off by much. With only 136 plate appearances, he is better than guys with 190+. Wong's last 7 games has not been successful. Going 7 for 25 at the plate, striking out four times. He has been cold in the zone. With only 65 pitches, he is swinging .230. His defense on the other hand has be stellar. 59 putouts, .972 fielding percentage, and a leading 3.1 RngR (Range runs above average). Although it's a small sample size, he is bring it.

Third Base; 11 Players

N.L. Leader

Matt Carpenter

Change

AVG

Arenado .305

.286 (4)

.271 (.015)

OBP

*

.375

.371 (.004)

SLG

Arenado .489

.366 (9)

.330 (.036)

wOBA

Frazier .359

.335 (3)

.321 (.014)

Off W

Frazier 7.2

5.3 (2)

2.2 (3.1)

Def W

Arenado 6.6

-1.1 (8)

-1.2 (0.1)

WAR

Frazier 2

1.3 (3)

0.8 (0.5)

ISO

Reynolds .238

.080 (10)

.059 (.021)

BABIP

Wright .367

.354 (2)

.336 (.018)

BB%

*

11.6%

12.7% (-1.1%)

K%

Arenado 13.2%

18.1% (6)

18% (0.1%)

RBI

McGehee 34

18 (10)

16 (2)

Matt Carpenter has finally brought his bat to the game. He is significantly improving. Going .367 AVG, .387 OBP, .567 SLG, and four doubles this past week. He leads the BB/K rate .64 (the closest is McGehee with a .57). With the Royals coming up, we could see stats rise dramatically, not only with Carpenter but with all players. He is coming close but Nolan Arenado gets the call.

Shortstop; 13 Players

N.L. Leader

Jhonny Peralta

Change

AVG

Tulo .350

.232 (11)

.251 (-.019)

OBP

Tulo .450

.311 (5)

.335 (-.024)

SLG

Tulo .661

.429 (4)

.479 (-.050)

wOBA

Tulo .469

.327 (5)

.358 (-.031)

Off W

Tulo 21.3

0.3 (6)

4.4 (-4.1)

Def W

Tulo 8.6

8.3 (2)

5.6 (2.6)

WAR

Tulo 4.0

1.6 (T-2)

1.7 (-0.1)

ISO

Tulo .311

.197 (3)

.228 (-.031)

BABIP

Tulo .358

.250 (13)

.264 (-.014)

BB%

Tulo 15%

9.5% (4)

10.1% (-0.6)

K%

Simmons 9.4%

18.9% (8)

17.6% (1.3)

RBI

Tulo 37

24 (6)

21 (3)

Sinking would be right word for Peralta. Only four hits this past week, striking out six times. He hasn't met his numbers from last season. I don't believe he will reach at before the All-Star break. You can already tell who has the vote.

Catcher; 7 Players

N.L Leader

Yadier Molina

Change

AVG

Lucroy .317

.309 (2)

.327 (-.018)

OBP

Ruiz .403

.354 (4)

.359 (-.005)

SLG

Lucroy .462

.448 (2)

.462 (-.014)

wOBA

Lucroy .374

.347 (3)

.355 (-.008)

Off W

Lucroy 8.4

5.1 (3)

5.1 (0)

Def W

*

5.8

6.3 (0.5)

WAR

Lucroy 2

1.9 (2)

1.8 (0.1)

ISO

Saltalamacchia .167

.139 (4)

.135 (.004)

BABIP

Lucroy .353

.329 (3)

.356 (-.027)

BB%

Ruiz 13.4%

6.1% (6)

4.9% (1.2)

K%

Lucroy 10.8%

11.7% (2)

13% (-1.3)

RBI

Montero 27

23 (3)

22 (1)

YadiMo was disappointing last week; not only on the hitting side on things but on the catching side too. Making the pitchers giving up 47 hits. He is still a hot commodity, hitting over .300 and holds the defensive WAR rating. You could only go up with this guy. Lucroy goes back-to-back on votes.

Left Fielder; 10 Players

N.L. Leader

Matt Holliday

Change

AVG

Smith .309

.270 (4)

.267 (.003)

OBP

Smith .414

.372 (3)

.366 (.006)

SLG

Upton .575

.374 (8)

.369 (.005)

wOBA

Smith .418

.335 (5)

.329 (.006)

Off W

Upton 16

2.7 (5)

0.8 (1.9)

Def W

Marte 1.3

-5 (7)

-4.6 (0.4)

WAR

Upton 2.1

0.6 (7)

0.2 (0.4)

ISO

Morse .279

.104 (10)

.102 (.002)

BABIP

Upton .385

.318 (6)

.315 (.003)

BB%

Smith 13.7%

12.1% (2)

11.7% (0.4)

K%

Smith 15.4%

15.8% (2)

15.6% (0.2)

RBI

Morse 38

28 (4)

25 (3)

Holliday staying the same from last week statistically, but visually horrible. Striking out six times and hitting .261. Most of the pitches thrown to him were either on the inside or low and away, of course that's the way to throw, but he never did get those pitches. Cold as ice. Seth Smith is just doing better.

I could talk about the center field but there is so much change. One day its Jon Jay, next is Peter Bourjos, now it is Oscar Taveras. I'm ready to see Taveras break out in the majors. Hitting a homer in his debut brings chills down my spine for Thursday night.

Right Field; 12 Players

N.L. Leader

Allen Craig

Change

AVG

Puig .347

.252 (8)

.239 (.013)

OBP

Puig .437

.315 (9)

.297 (.028)

SLG

Puig .618

.393 (7)

.364 (.029)

wOBA

Puig .453

.315 (8)

.295 (.020)

Off W

Puig 24.5

-0.6 (8)

-3.8 (3.2)

Def W

Heyward 11.3

-2 (7)

-1.4 (-0.6)

WAR

Stanton 3.5

0.5 (9)

0 (0.5)

ISO

Stanton .301

.140 (7)

.125 (.015)

BABIP

Puig .400

.291 (9)

.279 (.012)

BB%

Stanton 14%

7.2% (8)

7.3% (-0.1)

K%

Blackmon 11.3%

18.7 (6)

19.3% (-0.6)

RBI

Stanton 51

30 (5)

20 (10)

Like Carpenter, Allen Craig is bringing his bat too. Out of all the players, he was the best. Hitting a .308, .379 OBP, .615 SLG, two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBIs. Even though he is still doing poorly, it shows that the upside is coming sooner than expected. The one significant stat that I like is the wOBA. He led the team with the RBIs and runs the past week, helping him with the .020 point increase. Voting Puig.

Well, this week is going to be different. They are going to face the Royals in the lovely I-70 series. Both teams have to prove sometime because of last week crestfallen results. Statistically are even, but home field advantage and experience will be key in the series. I'll enjoy the rookies Thursday night when Michael Wacha (4-3) and Yordano Ventura (2-5) take the mound. Wacha having a 2.45 ERA and 9.2 K/9; Ventura throwing a 3.45 ERA and 9.26 K/9. I hope we relish this week again the Royals. Thanks again. Go Cardinals!!!

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