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Cardinals Low-Hit Games Piling Up

Last time out, we reviewed the success of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching this season. They proceeded to give up 11 runs to the Colorado Rockies that evening.

Coming off Tuesday night’s loss, during which the Cardinals managed just four hits against a Rockies starter who entered the game with an ERA over six, we will consider St. Louis’ offensive frustration this season from one angle.

Over their first 59 games of the season, the 2015 Cardinals have managed to scratch out no more than four hits eight separate times. Yet somehow, they managed to win two of those games and almost did again Wednesday night.

That eight-count is the most such outings through 59 games since 1986 and is just the third occurrence since at least 1960, according to research from Tom Orf. Only in 1984 and 1986 did the Cards have more under-five hit games, with nine both years.

In the table below, note the high number of strikeouts during those eight games this season compared to the other low-hit years.

With .303-hitting Matt Holliday likely out until at least the break and Matt Adams probably out for the year, hits are going to be harder and harder to come by for this Cardinals lineup.

St. Louis Cardinals, number of games with four or fewer hits, through first 59 games, since 1960

Year G W L PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1986 9 4 5 288 254 13 26 2 0 2 12 28 51 0.102 0.194 0.134 0.328
1984 9 1 8 273 236 10 25 2 1 2 9 30 54 0.106 0.211 0.148 0.359
2015 8 2 6 236 216 8 24 4 0 3 8 15 74 0.111 0.182 0.171 0.353
1991 8 0 8 253 231 5 24 3 2 2 5 21 36 0.104 0.179 0.160 0.339
2014 7 1 6 223 206 4 25 5 1 1 4 16 51 0.121 0.188 0.170 0.358
1994 7 1 6 239 200 12 24 3 0 2 10 31 37 0.120 0.243 0.165 0.408
1978 7 2 5 205 185 10 20 2 0 2 9 18 22 0.108 0.186 0.151 0.338
1975 7 1 6 223 203 5 20 1 0 1 5 19 34 0.099 0.175 0.118 0.293
1973 7 2 5 228 209 11 22 4 3 2 10 16 36 0.105 0.167 0.182 0.349
1961 7 0 7 236 203 9 24 4 3 1 7 27 39 0.118 0.227 0.182 0.410
1960 7 0 7 218 205 6 21 3 0 3 5 13 32 0.102 0.156 0.161 0.317
2013 6 0 6 185 168 8 17 3 0 2 3 15 38 0.101 0.179 0.155 0.334
2007 6 0 6 192 175 3 20 4 0 0 3 13 36 0.114 0.188 0.137 0.325
2002 6 2 4 208 173 10 20 4 0 3 9 29 37 0.116 0.248 0.191 0.438
1997 6 0 6 194 171 5 17 4 0 3 3 20 49 0.099 0.202 0.175 0.378
1993 6 1 5 197 173 7 24 2 1 2 7 20 27 0.139 0.226 0.197 0.422
1990 6 0 6 189 174 1 20 3 0 0 1 12 24 0.115 0.171 0.132 0.303
1980 6 2 4 191 172 6 18 2 0 3 6 17 33 0.105 0.189 0.169 0.358
1971 6 0 5 187 172 5 19 1 1 2 5 14 34 0.110 0.176 0.163 0.339
1965 6 1 5 189 178 8 18 3 2 1 7 10 25 0.101 0.153 0.157 0.311
1964 6 1 5 196 181 4 23 5 0 4 4 13 46 0.127 0.190 0.221 0.411

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10 Responses to “Cardinals Low-Hit Games Piling Up”

  1. blingboy says:

    The offense went south when Mac left. Don’t know why but it did.

    I think Mo is in denial about it.

    Carp’s slump and Ks since the exhaustion thing is concerning. I hope he has obtained a second opinion from another source.

  2. Bw52 says:

    this team has scored 2 runs or less 19 times so far this year .Cards are 6-1 while scoring 2 runs.How unreal is that?.1-5 while scoring 1 run. 6 times Cards been shutout.19 low scoring games out of 60. Scoring 3 runs the Cards are 6-4.So Cards have scored 3 runs or less in almost half of their games.The offense is pretty much DOA.

    • blingboy says:

      Lets look at the other NL Division leaders to see what real offenses look like

      Dodgers

      5 shut outs to our 6.
      8 one run to our 6.
      9 two run to our 7.
      8 three run to our 10.

      3 runs or less 30 to our 29. So the Dodgers offense is DOA also.

      Mets

      5 shut outs to our 6
      8 one run to our 6
      7 two run to our 7
      12 three run to our 10

      3 runs or less 32 to our 29. So the Mets would be DOA as well.

      The National League has a real problem if all three Division Leaders have DOA offenses.

      • Bw52 says:

        I would think the Dodgers pitching can hold up longer than the Cards pitchers.As for the Mets who knows?Baseball is turning into 1968 again.

        • blingboy says:

          To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the Dodgers to have so many low scoring games.

          I don’t know about their pitching. If they have some key injuries I doubt they can match our depth. They would be more inclined to acquire a top shelf replacement, though.

          One thing I am sure we can agree on is I am really tired of low scoring games.

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