At the worst possible time, the St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of their lowest run-scoring ten-game stretch of the 2010 season.
As many fans know too well, the St. Louis Cardinals have been enduring a period of scoring futility that has put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.
Over their last ten games, the club has won just three, hardly the kind of push that would be expected to take them over the top. During that time, the Cardinals have been outscored 49-27. St. Louis plated 30 percent of the total, eight of the 27, in a single game, Monday’s series-opening win in Milwaukee.
The paltry sum of 27 runs represents the Cardinals’ lowest-scoring ten-game stretch during any point this season – at least to date.
With the assistance of researcher Tom Orf, we find that this is the 30th time in Tony La Russa’s 15 years as Cardinals manager that the team has scored 27 or fewer runs over a ten-game period. It is the first time this season after five different occurrences during 2009.
What is unique about 2010 is that this is the latest point in the season for such a low-scoring stretch during La Russa’s entire Cardinals tenure.
None of the 29 earlier offensive shortfalls occurred in any part during the month of September as does the current streak.
In the following table, a ten-game period that overlapped two months is accounted as a half in each.
Cardinals ten-game periods of 27 or fewer runs by month, 1996-current
While this is the worst run-scoring period this season, it pales in comparison to the ten games from April 27 through May 8, 2007 during which the Cardinals plated just 19 runs. That is their worst showing under La Russa.
Cardinals ten-game periods of 27 or fewer runs by runs scored, 1996-current
Looking at the yearly distribution, we see that the Cardinals only had one such streak during the four-year period of 2003-06 and just five over the nine years of 1998-2006.
Cardinals ten-game periods of 27 or fewer runs by year, 1996-current
Here are the details of all 30.
Cardinals ten-game periods of 27 or fewer runs, 1996-current
|Start||End||Game 1 #||Game 10 #||W||–||L||Runs scored||Runs against|