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Back again for week 3. The Cardinals brought the bats, going 59-52. But scoring wise, barely. Scoring 25-22 in seven games. Losing the I-70 series, but winning the battle of the birds. So many buts with this team. We get a great pitching performance and no offense or vice versa. Doing this for a while now, I see a neutral trends as one player goes up while another goes down to balance out the team.

For the last two weeks and this week, none of the players reached any of the votes. So instead of showing the stats with the leaders, I'll change it up a bit. With Matt Adams being out for his injury, Allen Craig took first base job during the week.

Last week

Change

AVG

.249

.252 (-.003)

OBP

.307

.315 (-.008)

SLG

.376

.393 (-.017)

wOBA

.305

.315 (-.010)

Off W

-2.8

-0.6 (-2.2)

Def W

-2.6

-2 0 (-0.6)

WAR

0.3

0.5 (-0.2)

ISO

.127

.140 (-.013)

BABIP

.286

.291 (-.005)

BB%

6.7%

7.2% (-0.5%)

K%

18%

18.7% (0.7%)

RBI

33

30 (3)

Last seven stats; 8-for-31, .258 AVG, .281 OBP, .290 SLG. His Highlight was the Saturday game against the Blue Jays, going 2-for-5, a double and run. Thing is, it came off of the relievers. Mark Buehrle shut him out by striking, flying, and grounding out; using off-speed pitches. The low was Monday at home going 0-for 4.

Kolten Wong and Mark Ellis shared the top of the diamond last week. Ellis with great defensive plays and Wong's slam, it's hard to see which of the two are better. Knowing that Wong is hurt, Ellis will get some starts for a week or so. His .176/.267/.198/.209 line will hinder the Cards for a bit and June hasn't been nice to him. From 2011 to 2013, the line average has been .215/.271/.257/.243. Way under where he should be. His defensive proficiency has kept him alive in the game.

Matt Carpenter

Change

AVG

.299

.286 (.013)

OBP

.390

.375 (.015)

SLG

.394

.366 (.028)

wOBA

.352

.335 (.017)

Off W

10.2

5.3 (4.9)

Def W

0.8

-1.1 (1.9)

WAR

2.1

1.3 (0.8)

ISO

.094

.080 (.014)

BABIP

.361

.354 (.007)

BB%

12.2%

11.6% (0.6)

K%

16.6%

18.1% (1.5)

RBI

23

18 (5)

Matt Carpenter is just going up. He found his rhythm. Going 10-for-27, five runs, two doubles, a homer, 5 RBIs, 6 walks, and only two strikeouts. Where was this guy in the past weeks? The highlight... Going 5-for-5 against Jason Vargas on Wednesday night. Why did he go perfect? Here's a link (baseball prospectus).

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pitchfx/matchup/index.php?pitchSel=450306&batterX=572761

Vargas just left the ball in the zone way too much. Throwing high 80's fastball eight times, seven in the zone. You are giving him the pitches to hit.

Jhonny Peralta

Change

AVG

.231

.232 (-.001)

OBP

.307

.311 (-.004)

SLG

.436

.429 (.007)

wOBA

.326

.327 (-.001)

Off W

0.3

0.3 =

Def W

8.6

8.3 (0.3)

WAR

1.8

1.6 (0.2)

ISO

.204

.197 (.007)

BABIP

.249

.250 (-.001)

BB%

9.2%

9.5% (-0.3%)

K%

18.7%

18.9% (0.2%)

RBI

26

24 (2)

He is in the need of a hitting life raft. Batting a .231/.307/.436/.326 now. June last year, he was hitting .290/.371/.441/.360, and .299/.347/.425/.331 the year before. All the pitches have been away as seen here. (Brooks baseball)

But this is what is happening...

He knows the zone, but 30 out of 99 pitches are in the in the zone. When it's a hit, he is .353 AVG, and the zone is dominantly blue. I'm sure that hitting that high, it should be redder.

Yadier Molina

Change

AVG

.294

.309 (-.015)

OBP

.340

.354 (-.014)

SLG

.417

.448 (-.031)

wOBA

.328

.347 (-.019)

Off W

2.3

5.1 (-2.8)

Def W

5.9

5.8 (0.1)

WAR

1.7

1.9 (-0.2)

ISO

.124

.139 (-.015)

BABIP

.314

.329 (-.015)

BB%

6.3%

6.1% (0.2%)

K%

11.7%

11.7% (=)

RBI

23

23 (=)

Yadier Molina has settle down a bit. He was at his best two weeks ago (.327/.359/.462/.355), but has let off the gas a bit (.294/.340/.417/.328). Going 4-for24, he hasn't done a lot. He hasn't been the Yadi we know. He has gave up wild pitches, trying to stretch a single to a double (which i saw). Just bad things have happen. Out of 95 pitches, 30 have been in the zone. 30 of those pitches, 11 have been in play. Out of 11 that have been in play, only ONE has been safely in play. How history has been with Molina and the month of June. It doesn't look pretty.

Matt Holliday

Change

AVG

.264

.270 (-.006)

OBP

.378

.372 (.006)

SLG

.368

.374 (-.006)

wOBA

.337

.335 (.002)

Off W

3.8

2.7 (1.1)

Def W

-5.4

-5 (-0.4)

WAR

0.7

0.6 (0.1)

ISO

.104

.104 (=)

BABIP

.309

.318 (-.009

BB%

13.1%

12.1% (1%)

K%

14.9%

15.8% (0.9%)

RBI

29

28 (1)

Holliday has been anemic the past few weeks. (From rotowire.com)

AB

H

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Last 7 days

20

4

6

2

.200

.429

.300

Last 14 Days

43

10

10

8

.233

.411

.372

Last 30 days

101

24

18

18

.238

.389

.337

Horrible batting, not slugging, and same strikeouts as walks; pitiful. The only reason his On-Base percentage is up is because of the walks counter the strikeouts. Those weeks; he has taken 467 pitches (150 from lefties; 317 from righties), 167 in the zone. Putting 54 in play and 16 safely. Eight hits were outside the zone (four low and four at the belt). (Brooks baseball)

They are trying to tie him up. As the history tells, he could break out.

I would talk about the rest of the outfield but there has been so many changes, i would get off track.

H

R

RBI

AVG

OBP

SLG

BABIP

K%

BB%

L10

Streak

STL

554

243

229

.252

.321

.364

.303

19

8.1

4-6

W2

TB

532

236

225

.243

.315

.367

.284

18.7

9

1-9

L3

WAS

527

256

235

.251

.348

.393

.300

21.1

7.9

7-3

W1

This week the Cardinals play the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals. Right now, the Cards could sweep the Rays in this two game set. Their AVG is not that great, 1-9 in their last ten and lost three straight. They have only scored 16 runs against 42 and shutout 4 times (two in a row). The only leading statistic I can give to the Rays is that their Base-on-Ball percentage is 0.9 more than the Cards at 9%. The probables are Wainwright (8-4) v. Odorizzi (2-6) on the 10th and Wacha (4-4) v. Bedard (3-4) on Wednesday the 11th.

The Nationals on the other hand are winners of seven out of the last ten. They can slug the ball out of the park with a .393 SLG and 59 home runs. This series though might turn into a hit parade for the Cardinals with 554 hits. In the last series against them was way back in early April, tied it up 2-2. Scoring only 9 times to Cardinal Pitchers. Wainwright and Lynn getting the wins. The probables for the series will be Game 1, Zimmermann (5-2) v. Lynn (6-4); Game 2, Strasburg (5-4) v. Miller (7-5); and Game 3, Fister (4-1) v. Garcia (2-0).

GO CARDINALS!!!

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