After scoring just 15 runs in the first 6 games of the season, it’s fairly safe to say that the Cardinals are not lighting anybody up on offense. With the Redbirds sitting at 2-4, I’m willing to look at the bright side of things for a moment, though. They’ve wasted two pretty good outings by Chris Carpenter, and I’d argue that they can’t really play much worse than they have so far. There are some reasons for optimism.
- Skip Schumaker is hitting .318.
- Allen Craig has 4 rbi.
- Colby Rasmus has a .458 OBP
- Jaime Garcia was unreal on Sunday (0.67 WHIP)
- Chris Carpenter has surrendered 3 runs in 13 innings for a 2.08 ERA
- Say what you will about the outing that Lohse had, but 4 runs in 7 innings from the team’s 4th starter is something that most teams can live with on a regular basis. There are a lot of nights that the Cardinals will put up more than 4 runs and win those games.
- With the exception of Westbrook’s blowup, the Cardinals have been fairly competitive in every single game so far this year.
Of course, there is a downside as well.
- Skip Schumaker is leading the team with a batting average of .318
- Allen Craig is leading the team with 4 rbi.
- Opponents have the Cardinals in slugging % (.345 to .296) and OPS (.647 to .609)
- Albert Pujols has the same batting average as Ryan Theriot (.182)
I keep thinking back to something that I wrote on January 12th.
- David Freese – .319/.374/.469/.843 when hitting 5th in 2010
- Yadier Molina – .316/.381/.400/.781 when hitting 6th in 2010
With Lance Berkman reaching base at a .391 pace, why not hit him 2nd? Theriot has an OBP of .308, so why not scrap the traditional leadoff concept, and just hit Berkman leadoff?
- Lance Berkman - RF => .391 OBP
- Colby Rasmus – CF => . 458 OBP
- Albert Pujols – 1B => .240 OBP
- Allen Craig – LF => .412 OBP
- Freese – 3B
- Molina – C
- Skip Schumaker - 2B
- Theriot – SS
I know that it seems really extraordinary, but look at the OBP numbers for Berkman and Rasmus. Certainly it’s unlikely that Berkman, Rasmus, and Craig will all 3 keep up those numbers, but it’s highly unlikely that Pujols will continue to hit .182 for much longer as well.
Sure, they are only 6 games into the season, but it’s been a rough 6. That’s what? Five fingers and a thumbah?
Never too early to start tinkering……and to hit the pitcher 8th, either. It worked on Sunday.
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