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Cardinals-Brewers factoids

If you don’t follow researcher Tom Orf on Twitter (MU4124), you are missing out. Below are four factoids he shared as the St. Louis Cardinals dropped a disappointing 5-3 game in 10 innings to Milwaukee at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. As always, I added the wrapping that accompanies them.

Albert Pujols, who went 0-for-5 on Tuesday, made the final out of an inning four different times and stranded six baserunners on the evening. This season, Pujols is batting .128 (5-for-39) against Milwaukee.

Factoid: The quantity of Cardinals runners left on base in ten games versus the Brewers this year have been: 13-19-13-14-11-14-12-12-11-10. The total is 129 in ten games or an average of 12.9.

Against the rest of their opponents? 679 runners stranded in 106 games or 6.4 per game. In other words, the Cardinals are stranding just over twice as many runners when playing Milwaukee compared to the rest of their opposition.

Much has been written about Milwaukee’s amazing 41-15 home success this season and some have suggested cheating has contributed. It doesn’t seem to matter as they regularly beat the Cardinals in St. Louis, too.

Factoid: Over the last four seasons, the Cardinals are 11-20 at home against the Brewers, and just 3-8 in one-run games.

A passed ball by catcher Gerald Laird in the sixth inning led to Milwaukee’s third run. That unearned tally was charged to starter Edwin Jackson.

Factoid: Tuesday marked the 33rd game this year in which the Cardinals have allowed an unearned run. Their record is just 11-22 in those contests.

One major reason the 2010 Cardinals faltered in August, essentially ending their playoff hopes, was an inability to defeat teams with losing records. While they have turned that around this season, they can’t seem to measure up to the National League’s elite.

Factoid: The Cardinals 2011 record against teams with winning records is now just 16-25.

As much as any August games can be, the final two games of this Milwaukee series are extremely important for the Cardinals to win. They are currently a season-worst four games behind the Brewers in the NL Central standings. By Thursday night, Milwaukee’s edge will be somewhere between two games and six. The latter gulf could prove to be too wide to overcome.

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17 Responses to “Cardinals-Brewers factoids”

  1. crdswmn says:

    I am going to the Springfield Cardinals game tonight to watch Shelby Miller pitch.

    I am nearing the end of my rope with the Cardinals. Albert looked awful at the plate last night. I can’t even talk about TLR’s monumental screw up with the bullpen and keep it clean. I am not sure I can talk about TLR anymore at all and keep it clean. I read TLR’s excuse for leaving Dotel in to face lefties when he has a allowed a .938 OPS against lefties and all I came away with was “because I said so”. Typical narcissist.

    Thank God for TLR-less baseball tonight.

  2. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/article_f021d586-c35a-11e0-b5ab-001a4bcf6878.html

    We know who JG is here………….we know what he does………….and look what they have him saying……………..the context……….. he is a pawn………..and he is advancing. BD has already one the contract position war………….. it appears to me that he is “regulating” his damage control apparatus at this point………….. which suggests he is now gaging his survivability numbers.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      It’s time for Albert to start being Albert……………………………………………

      That statement is much more lethal than it’s cloying familiarity suggests……………

      That is the beginning of a deliberate attempt at separating the myth……from the man………. thats about marketing value being preserved even if the man is gone. BD, you are a serious fellow in your love power and money…………… watching you work brings tears to my eyes………….wish you could have managed this team unencumbered…………..

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        a quote from Henri Bergson (1859-1941), a French philosopher and close colleague of William James seems appropriate: “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly………………………

        Has Albert stopped changing………………just trying to fulfill the commercial mythology created for him?
        Is this now an obstacle to his performance capabilities?

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Joe Strauss: As a Gordo groupie, consider yourself on three years’ probation with no chance of bowl appearances and a loss of 20 scholarships. Don’t bring that stuff here.

      Read more: http://interact.stltoday.com/discussions/sports/joe-strauss-live/LD0805111496/all#ixzz1Uf2al98I

  3. Brian Walton says:

    Wednesday lineup: Furcal, ss; Craig, rf; Pujols, 1b; Holliday, lf; Freese, 3b; Molina, c; Theriot, 2b; Patterson, cf; Westbrook, p.

  4. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Tony is making another statement. Berkman had Monday off………….. Tony recognizes that he is swinging in the style of AP……………….. Molina a 6th……….. Freese won’t see a pitch……….

  5. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    This is something I didn’t know……………….. I’ve been playing Bach fugues all week…………. the secret is detaching your self any single voice…….suspending the mind as a witness only to their relationships………….. not their identities……..thus joining in their evolving definition of self………………….. and then I caught this act…………this is virtuosity for those very reason………. even in his laughter at a mild blemish at the end…………… AP is not this thing……….he commands nothing, and that includes himself……………………. if you disagree with that statement………. then you must attach yourself to a supposed understanding of his motivations………. watch this……..all actions of virtuosity are identical……..not in display……….but in their mental statement/organizations………..

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/style-points/201108/yo-yo-prodigy-turns-pocket-change-dynasty

  6. Nutlaw says:

    It’s looking like serving as a young set up man in the Cardinals bullpen this season is a dangerous occupation!

  7. blingboy says:

    Furcal is unquestionably wearing real, old school stirrups. Looks good from the knees down.

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