I don’t have a ton of time to write this afternoon, as concert tickets tonight have me on the go (and watching the Cards-Mets score on my phone tonight). But an interesting piece caught my eye today, and I wanted to share it with you all.
Derrick Goold writes over at his Bird Land blog:
The Cardinals’ 136 runs in June were the most of any team in the National League, a league humbled by interleague play for a good stretch of the month.
I don’t know about you, but that stat fascinates me. Especially since the Birds finished a measly 15-12 on the month. Best offense, sure, but they also surrendered 122 runs in that stretch. In fact, on the season, the Cards have only outscored their opponents by +31 runs, so they have been a bit lucky to be currently 11 games over .500 in my opinion (and that of the pythagorean rank, which has them at +2 wins above where they should be, based on the formula).
Also fascinating are many of the other items Goold goes on to list, such as “best practice” lineups and who has done best at which positions in the lineup.
As I said, not a lot of time to write, but I wanted to share that tidbit. As Mozeliak digs in and really finds out what this team needs and doesn’t need (can Mark Mulder provide any relief in the bullpen? can Chris Duncan remember how to hit? can Adam Wainwright return in short order?) I think the Cards can take solace in the fact that a better pitching month in June probably would’ve resulted in the Cards being in first place right now.