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2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context

As noted on Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals set a new NLCS record with 10 unearned runs allowed. Two more yielded during the NLDS made the club’s 2012 post-season total 12.

I received a request to put that into team historical context. With the help of researcher Tom Orf, that detail follows.

The team’s next-closest total of unearned runs was eight in ten 1982 playoff games. Of course, the ultimate result of Whitey Herzog’s club was much better than in 2012 as they won the World Championship.

In terms of unearned runs per game, 2012’s mark of just under one was bested only in 1928, 1942 and 1943. That was an era in which the World Series was the only post-season action. The Cardinals took the 1942 title despite allowing one unearned run per game on average over five games.

Runs allowed, post-season, St. Louis Cardinals, team history

Games Runs Earned runs Unearned runs Unearned runs/game
2012 13 54 42 12 0.92
2011 18 77 72 5 0.28
2009 3 13 11 2 0.67
2006 16 44 42 2 0.13
2005 9 33 28 5 0.56
2004 15 67 65 2 0.13
2002 8 29 27 2 0.25
2001 5 10 10 0 0.00
2000 8 41 37 4 0.50
1996 10 54 54 0 0.00
1987 14 61 57 4 0.29
1985 13 51 47 4 0.31
1982 10 38 30 8 0.80
1968 7 34 32 2 0.29
1967 7 21 18 3 0.43
1964 7 33 30 3 0.43
1946 7 20 16 4 0.57
1944 6 12 12 0 0.00
1943 5 17 12 5 1.00
1942 5 18 13 5 1.00
1934 7 23 17 6 0.86
1931 7 22 16 6 0.86
1930 6 21 19 2 0.33
1928 4 27 23 4 1.00
1926 7 21 19 2 0.29

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6 Responses to “2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context”

  1. Bw52 says:

    Another poster wondered how much money Lohse cost himself with his worst start of the season.When the Cards needed him most he delivered his worst performance of the season.He had done okay until last night.

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