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Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has now completed his first 30 games as a Major Leaguer, during which time his team went 19-11. Stepping into the every-day role in left field for the injured Matt Holliday, the 24-year-old has been extremely productive for a first-place Cardinals lineup that is also missing power threat Randal Grichuk.

In fact, in one element of production, Piscotty’s start is historic.

With his nine doubles, two triples and four home runs, Piscotty is tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits by any Cardinals player in the history of the franchise through their first 30 games in the Majors.

The only three Cardinals ahead of Piscotty are all Hall-of-Famers (or will be) in Johnny Mize, Albert Pujols and Joe Medwick. Among those just behind are Stan Musial, Jim Bottomley and Enos Slaughter.

Needless to say, the extra-base hits stat was chosen to put Piscotty’s recent achievements in the most favorable light. It is not being suggested that based on one month of play he will one day be enshrined in Cooperstown. It is way, way too early for that kind of talk.

On the other hand, Piscotty is no stranger to extra-base hits, either. He led the entire Cardinals system in doubles last season with Triple-A Memphis and is still first this season as well – despite having spent the last month with St. Louis.

One thing for sure. It is definitely fair to wonder where the 2015 Cardinals would be without Piscotty and his extra-base hits.

St. Louis Cardinals, extra-base hits, first 30 career games

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR XBH RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Johnny Mize 30 114 105 20 35 10 4 5 19 25 7 10 0.333 0.375 0.648 1.023
Albert Pujols 30 131 115 21 42 8 1 10 19 34 11 18 0.365 0.427 0.713 1.141
Joe Medwick 30 124 120 14 39 12 2 2 16 12 2 12 0.325 0.341 0.508 0.850
Tom Alston 30 129 113 15 33 10 1 4 15 27 14 13 0.292 0.372 0.504 0.877
Stephen Piscotty 30 113 105 15 34 9 2 4 15 18 5 24 0.324 0.354 0.562 0.916
Brian Jordan 30 117 112 15 28 8 2 5 15 20 5 25 0.250 0.282 0.491 0.773
J.D. Drew 30 103 90 18 27 5 3 7 15 20 11 25 0.300 0.373 0.656 1.028
Ray Sanders 30 124 106 18 32 9 1 4 14 16 17 12 0.302 0.398 0.519 0.917
Ernie Orsatti 30 117 104 18 35 9 3 2 14 15 11 15 0.337 0.400 0.538 0.938
Stan Musial 30 125 115 23 41 8 1 5 14 15 8 5 0.357 0.403 0.574 0.977
Joe Cunningham 30 132 117 21 34 7 1 6 14 21 14 13 0.291 0.371 0.521 0.893
Jim Bottomley 30 130 120 26 42 6 5 3 14 26 6 11 0.350 0.391 0.558 0.949
Enos Slaughter 30 132 125 21 41 8 3 2 13 17 7 10 0.328 0.364 0.488 0.852
Wally Moon 30 138 114 34 41 6 2 5 13 15 22 10 0.360 0.464 0.579 1.043
Don Gutteridge 30 116 111 22 37 4 5 4 13 21 4 16 0.333 0.357 0.568 0.924
Del Rice 30 103 93 13 30 10 2 0 12 18 5 11 0.323 0.370 0.473 0.843
Adam Kennedy 30 103 95 12 24 10 1 1 12 15 3 7 0.253 0.284 0.411 0.695
Lou Klein 30 131 115 18 30 6 3 3 12 14 11 10 0.261 0.331 0.443 0.774
Hal Smith 30 98 88 16 32 8 0 3 11 14 10 8 0.364 0.429 0.557 0.985
Stu Martin 30 105 92 23 34 8 0 3 11 12 11 7 0.370 0.437 0.554 0.991
George Puccinelli 30 87 82 14 27 7 0 4 11 13 5 9 0.329 0.368 0.561 0.929
Ray Lankford 30 117 108 10 32 7 1 3 11 11 9 23 0.296 0.350 0.463 0.813
Bo Hart 30 144 131 23 43 7 3 1 11 11 7 25 0.328 0.371 0.450 0.822
Ray Jablonski 30 119 113 12 29 5 1 5 11 24 6 10 0.257 0.294 0.451 0.745
Ripper Collins 30 84 78 9 29 5 5 1 11 18 4 7 0.372 0.417 0.603 1.019
Bill Virdon 30 132 118 22 40 5 1 5 11 11 13 14 0.339 0.405 0.525 0.930
Art Garibaldi 30 87 78 14 26 10 0 0 10 9 7 15 0.333 0.388 0.462 0.850
Eddie Kazak 30 115 107 10 36 8 0 2 10 14 4 8 0.336 0.366 0.467 0.833
Curt Ford 30 78 67 14 23 8 1 1 10 7 10 9 0.343 0.429 0.537 0.966
Matt Adams 30 102 97 11 28 7 0 3 10 17 5 25 0.289 0.324 0.454 0.777
Chick Hafey 30 124 114 11 28 6 2 2 10 24 4 9 0.246 0.277 0.386 0.663
Wally Roettger 30 102 93 8 35 6 2 2 10 17 5 9 0.376 0.408 0.548 0.957
David Bell 28 112 106 11 26 6 2 2 10 16 4 19 0.245 0.286 0.396 0.682
Jim Lindeman 30 98 93 14 24 6 0 4 10 15 3 19 0.258 0.276 0.452 0.727
Matt Carpenter 30 96 83 9 20 6 3 1 10 14 11 20 0.241 0.323 0.422 0.745
George Watkins 30 87 75 15 24 5 2 3 10 21 8 18 0.320 0.393 0.560 0.953
Bill DeLancey 30 78 72 9 20 4 4 2 10 8 6 8 0.278 0.333 0.528 0.861
average 30 112 102 16 32 7 2 3 12 17 8 14 0.314 0.366 0.517 0.883

Special thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.

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46 Responses to “Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    The table helps indicate Albert’s transcendent immensity. From the Midwest league to highest OPS in the table, in a single bound. No Stanford, cape cod league, or million dollar signing bonus.

  2. blingboy says:

    I notice that Piscotty’s BBs are comparatively very low and Ks among the highest. Not sure of the significance. There probably is some, though.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Darn iphone

  4. Bw52 says:

    Brian when are you going to do your article on September callups ?

  5. Bw52 says:

    Brian ..really li8ke your predictions and hope Cooney can get healthy enough to pitch some more.

  6. Nutlaw says:

    Also enjoyed the callups article. Good stuff as always.

    Where is the team going to find room for all of these outfielders if healthy? Too many good players!

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    The Brandon Moss Fan Club is accepting new members.

  8. Bw52 says:

    I don`t care what you call Moss just so he produces and helps this team until MH and Grichuk get back from DL-land.

  9. blingboy says:

    In hockey lingo, Piscotty stood on his head today. He has skills and the right mindset and approach to the game. Time will tell how long he stays hot at the plate.

  10. JumboShrimp says:

    Grichuk and Piscotty show the advantage of youth. They don’t need Geritol and other PEDs.

  11. blingboy says:

    Soon it will be time for the ‘Piscotty’s first 60 games’ article. I notice that his BB total has shot way up, perhaps a sign of settling in. The rest of his numbers seem to be holding up pretty steady. The depth chart on the official site has him listed first at 1st base now.

    Poor PB is listed fourth in CF. He could probably just go home and it would go unnoticed.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I have to admit that I thought of you immediately when a poster on TCN’s message board mistakenly believed that MLB.com’s prospect rankings are provided by the teams themselves. I honestly don’t get why you even look at those depth charts, let alone give them significance. They are no more valid or invalid than ones on Yahoo or ESPN. For example, Piscotty isn’t the regular first baseman, but Matheny will surely find ways to keep playing him at first and corner outfield. I doubt we’ll see him in center again, though, as you noted the logjam of others there.

      Good idea on his first 60 games. I’ll do it.

      • blingboy says:

        I will not mention that ESPN has him first at 1B then since it agitates you.

        I look forward to the article. It will be fun to see how he is employed in post, and how he does.

        • Brian Walton says:

          And Yahoo lists Moss then Adams. Piscotty is first in left field. So who is “right”?

          Here are some facts. As the Cards are easing Adams back in, here are the starts at 1B since 9/15:

          Piscotty 4
          Adams 3
          Moss 2
          Reynolds 1

          I am guessing that is the magic behind your depth chart of choice. Someone has to be listed first.

          P.S. Here are the starts in left field since 9/15:

          Piscotty 5
          Grichuk 2
          Holliday 1
          Moss 1
          Pham 1

          Seems to me unless you can have Piscotty the starter at two positions at once, the most accurate depth chart for recent action would have Piscotty in left and Adams at first.

          Or you could just forget about the whole thing…

  12. blingboy says:

    Cards off to a fast start, 4-0 after 1. I’ll take it.

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