At 20-7, the St. Louis Cardinals own the best record in baseball, and it's not particularly close. The Cardinals are presently winning at a .749 clip. The next-highest winning percentage in MLB are the New York Mets and Houston Astros, both with a .643 winning percentage.
The Cardinals' +43 run differential is the best in baseball, three runs ahead of the Kansas City Royals, who have the second best. They have won combining run suppression with run creation. Their offense is good and so is their pitching and defense. How sustainable their run suppression might be is an open question after the losses of Adam Wainwright and, to a far lesser extent, setup man Jordan Walden.
Once again, the offense is a point of interest. Can it help carry the team when the pitcher or fielding is not very good. If this week is any indication, it might be. Today, I thought we could take a look at how the Cardinals as a team and the St. Louis players individually compare to the National League's overall offensive production. So I put together a graphic that includes walk rate (BB%), strikeout rate (K%), Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP), batting average (BA), on-base percentage (OBP), Isolated Power (ISO), and Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA). I excluded those Cardinals with only a handful of plate appearances like Randal Grichuk, Dean Anna, and Cody Stanley. I did, however, include Pete Kozma.
Correction: The original version of this post contained a graphic that listed Yadier Molina twice in the BABIP column and, consequently, did not list Jon Jay. It has been corrected so that both Molina and Jay are listed. Another mistake: Matt Holliday's wOBA. It has been corrected too.
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