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Comparing Cards' Champs

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With the regular season nearing an end, I thought that now would be a pretty good time to take a look at the ’09 team in comparison w/ the ’04, ’05, and ’06 teams. How good is this team compared to the 100-win teams or the team that won the World Series? I compared the main hitters on the 4 teams by wOBA, UZR/150, and WAR. I compared th pitchers using FIP and WAR. For players who came over mid-season, I used their full season numbers so that we could more accurately compare the quality of the players rather than the amount of their contributions to the team.

The 2004 Cardinals:

Pos Player wOBA/FIP UZR/150 WAR
C Matheny .273 0.4
1B Pujols .439 3.6 7.9
2B Womack .330 4.9 2.8
SS Renteria .312 0.4 1.9
3B Rolen .421 22.1 8.8
LF Sanders .341 10.3 2.2
CF Edmonds .436 1.3 8.1
RF Walker .432 0.7 3.2
SP1 Carp 3.85 3.2
SP2 Morris 4.93 1.1
SP3 Williams 4.10 2.7
SP4 Suppan 4.77 1.3
SP5 Marquis 4.55 1.9
MR Kline 3.68 0.5
SU Tavarez 2.92 1.3
CL Izzy 3.02 1.1
Total WAR 48.4

The ’05 Cardinals:

Pos Player wOBA/FIP UZR/150 WAR
C Molina .282 0.9
1B Pujols .436 1.0 7.7
2B Grudz .321 9.9 3.0
SS Eckstein .335 -3.6 3.4
3B Rolen .308 21.7 1.5
LF Sanders .384 -5.5 2.1
CF Edmonds .386 9.7 5.9
RF Walker .382 -12.2 2.0
SP1 Carp 2.90 6.8
SP2 Morris 3.99 2.7
SP3 Mulder 4.30 2.2
SP4 Suppan 4.53 1.5
SP5 Marquis 4.95 0.7
MR Reyes 3.12 1.1
SU Tavarez 4.01 0.3
CL Izzy 3.60 0.7
Total WAR 42.5

And now for the World Champs:

Pos Player wOBA/FIP UZR/150 WAR
C Molina .261 -0.2
1B Pujols .448 4.5 7.7
2B Belliard .313 -0.8 1.3
SS Eckstein .310 -0.6 1.5
3B Rolen .373 14.4 5.6
LF Duncan .399 -7.5 2.0
CF Edmonds .350 7.6 2.6
RF Encarnacion .320 7.1 1.1
SP1 Carp 3.44 5.2
SP2 Suppan 4.70 1.7
SP3 Weaver 5.47 0.5
SP4 Mulder 6.01 -0.4
SP5 Marquis 5.90 -0.6
MR Looper 3.46 1.0
SU Wainwright 3.31 1.1
CL Izzy 5.70 -1.0
Total WAR 29.1

How in the hell did that team win the World Series? Especially when the others didn’t!

And this year’s Cards (all numbers are to date and are not final – duh!)

Pos Player wOBA/FIP UZR/150 WAR
C Molina .331 2.9
1B Pujols .460 0.8 8.2
2B Skip .335 -6.9 1.0
SS Ryan .317 14.4 3.0
3B DeRosa .330 -6.8 1.6
LF Holliday .391 2.1 5.0
CF Rasmus .320 14.0 2.6
RF Ludwick .341 1.0 1.9
SP1 Carp 2.75 5.1
SP2 Wainwright 3.25 4.9
SP3 Pineiro 3.02 5.0
SP4 Lohse 4.57 0.7
SP5 Wellemeyer 5.26 -0.1
MR Miller 3.48 0.4
SU McClellan 4.18 0.1
CL Franklin 3.27 0.9
Total WAR 43.2