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Game 30 Open Thread: May 5, 2006

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suppan mitre
2-2, 5.19 1-3, 3.82

the cardinal offense by batting-order position:
main
hitters (ab)
avg obp slg hr rbi runs
#1 eckstein (115) .299 .376 .368 1 7 18
#2 j'cion (46)
luna (20)
taguchi (16)
.258 .292 .300 0 9 15
#3 pujols (92) .315 .475 .848 15 33 28
#4 edmonds (55)
rolen (34)
.271 .363 .477 5 21 14
#5 rolen (33)
j'cion (26)
edmonds (24)
.266 .314 .477 4 25 14
#6 taguchi (30)
j'cion (17)
molina(16)
.225 .277 .396 5 9 14
#7 molina (70)
luna (20)
.204 .230 .278 1 10 6
#8 miles (50)
taguchi (16)
.305 .411 .432 1 10 14
#9 pitchers, phs .161 .263 .287 2 9 11

these are correctable problems. move encarnacion out of the #2 slot and let him hit 6th, and you improve both positions; obp in the #2 hole improves no matter who you put there , while encarnacion starts generating some rbi production in the #6 slot. and who should bat #2? i still think it should be edmonds, but since it probably won't be say rodriguez vs right-handers, luna vs lefties (hec has a .340 career obp vs southpaws) -- at least, until the big "impact trade" goes down . . . . if the cards can just post a .330 obp in the #2-hole the rest of the way, it will improve the offense by about 25 runs moving forward. translates into 2 or 3 wins, which the cardinals will probably need.

i wouldn't expect much more out of #s 3-4-5 as a group, and while performance out of the #7 hole (ie molina) can only go up, #8 can only go down; seems like those two cancel each other out. but #2 and #6 can both improve, and almost surely will even if the cards don't make a move.