In the prior installment, we looked at how successful St. Louis Cardinals pitching had been during the first half of the 2014 regular season using several rate stats.
If you have been around awhile like me, you may remember the offensively-challenged Cardinals clubs that took the field at the tail end of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s.
One has to go back that far to find a lower team batting average in the first half than the 2014’s team mark of .252. 24 years ago, in 1990, the year Whitey Herzog walked off the job in frustration, the Cards batted .248 before the break. That was the last year with a mark worse than 2014.
The current club’s on-base percentage of .318, slugging at .372 and OPS at .690 are the lowest since the 1992 club came in at .315, .365 and .680, respectively. That was still over two decades ago.
In terms of all-time comparison, at least in the last 101 years, the BA and OBP marks are firmly placed among the bottom 20. Slugging and OPS are firmly among the worst 25 percent of these seasons.
One has to hope the Cardinals bats will show more life in the second half.
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Thanks go out to researcher Tom Orf for the raw data pulls behind this report.