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Cardinals hitters versus Giants starting pitchers

Given the St. Louis Cardinals’ struggles on offense early this season, currently last in the National League in run scoring, I thought it would be illustrative to show Cardinals hitters’ past results against the San Francisco Giants’ weekend starters, Jonathan Sanchez, Matt Cain and Barry Zito.

The samples are not large, but perhaps offer some glimpse of hope. Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols have done especially well in the past against the trio of Giants’ pitchers. The Cardinals also miss two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. Like St. Louis, the defending World Champions began a disappointing 2-4, though Friday marks their 2011 home opener.

Addendum: The Cardinals were 3-3 against the Giants last season with both teams going 2-1 at home. In the all-time regular season series, the Cardinals trail the Giants 913-979 (.483). The Cardinals are 14-19 all-time in regular season play at AT&T Park.

Friday Saturday Sunday
Jonathan Sanchez Matt Cain Barry Zito
(vs. Jake Westbrook) (vs. Jaime Garcia) (vs. Kyle Lohse)
Batter vs. pitcher
Lance Berkman 0-4 .000 3-8 .375 4-10 .400
2k 1hr 1bb 2k 1hr 1bb 1k
Allen Craig 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 1-5 .200
1hr 1k
David Freese 0-0 .000 0-1 .000 0-2 .000
1k 1bb 1k
Matt Holliday 4-18 .222 6-35 .171 6-27 .222
(injured) 4bb 4k 2hr 4bb 9k 2hr 2bb 6k
Yadier Molina 1-3 .333 2-6 .333 5-13 .385
2bb 1bb 3bb 1k
Albert Pujols 4-5 .800 8-12 .667 6-15 .400
1bb 1k 2hr 3bb 2hr 5bb 4k
Colby Rasmus 0-0 .000 4-8 .500 1-2 .500
1k 1k
Skip Schumaker 0-6 .000 3-15 .200 5-9 .556
2k 1bb 1k
Ryan Theriot 3-7 .429 3-20 .150 3-14 .214
1hr 1bb 1bb 3k 1bb 1k

Data courtesy of Bill James’ Matchups.

Also, I discovered a new feature at The Baseball Cube called “Player Connections” to compare the intersection of any two players. Won-loss of their teams and head-to-head stats are included by game. This example is Pujols and Bud Norris.

While the invaluable has a similar feature, they require a subscription to see all the individual game detail, while the Cube’s capability is free.

How will the Cardinals fare in San Francisco this weekend?

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