More of Why We Should Be Impressed With the 2016 Season


At the beginning of the year I can't remember which talk show I was listening to, either Dan Patrick or Colin Cowherd but they were talking to a baseball expert about Trevor Story's early season breakout.

No, I'm not on the wrong SBN Site, this has VEB relevance just hang-in there!

The host asked if Story would be able to keep the successful hitting he had early in the season going all year. The expert's response was that being a young professional, Story would soon start to struggle due to baseball's vogorous season schedule. It's no secret MLB's summer routine is far from regular.

- Games start at all different times of the day.

- Sometimes you'll have a rainout or rain/weather delays.

- The rainouts lead into an unplanned double-header the next day.

The chance of getting into any set daily ritual is almost impossible! You can understand why that would certainly be tough for a young player to get used to the MLB, impacting those athlete's ability to perform at their top-level for every game.

Most people reading this post are probably average Joe's and Jill's with typical 9-5 jobs not involving a baseball stadium everyday and changing daily routines. Due to our day-to-day duties, it can be easy to forget when we tune into Cardinal baseball that the players are probably trying to balance peak performance with limited or altered sleep and attrition.

It's been proven by multiple studies that things like sleep and hectic scheduling has direct effect on baseball players. (2) The 2016 Cardinals are a prime example of this kind of study. While it has been frustrating to see their just above .500 (.523 as of 8-08) tug-o-war season they've put together so far, the study makes it seem more impressive when you consider the Cardinal's youth.

As told in an article from the Cardinals, at 28.3 median roster age, have the fifth youngest roster in the Majors in 2016. (1)

Considering the studies and the age of the Cardinals, it makes sense why they seem to be struggling to find a day-by-day winning recipe. Hopefully, as the season starts to reach its end the young Cardinals can show a growth in MLB maturity and make a run at either the NL Central (currently 11.5 behind the Chicago Cubs) or cement a top NL Wild Card spot (currently a game behind the Miami Marlins). (3)

The concoction of the studies and the stats of MLB age will hopefully be an explanation remedy of justification for spectators like me. On-lookers who have been head-scratching the teeter-totter inconsistency tolerated thus far from the 2016 Cardinals.

Consider this; the four teams that are younger than the Cardinals;

  1. Arizona D-backs 27.0 (45-66, last in NL West)
  2. T-2. Tampa Bay Rays 28.0 (45-65, last in AL East)
  3. T-2. Cincinnati Reds 28.0 (45-65, last in NL Central)
  4. T-2. Philadelphia Phillies 28.0 (52-61, second to last in NL East)

... Looking at those four teams just consider their season's future outlooks. Isn't it actually damn impressive that the Redbirds have managed to be just marginally older yet, salvage a possible playoff contending season and flourish amidst their aging struggles?