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Tuesday
Oct152013

The Cardinals struggles against lefties are growing

The Cardinals are the Ted Cruz of baseball with an ever-increasing inability to cope with those who come from the left side.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the second highest batting average in the National League this season, trailing the Rockies by only .001.
2013 National League Hitting
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Colorado Rockies (COL).270.323.418.7411594781,204
2. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).269.332.401.7331254671,110
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).264.326.396.7221384361,146
4. San Francisco Giants (SF).260.320.381.7021074221,078
5. Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).259.323.391.7151304631,142
6. Milwaukee Brewers (MIL).252.311.398.7081574381,183
7. Washington Nationals (WSH).251.313.398.7101614471,192
8. Cincinnati Reds (CIN).249.327.391.7181554491,245
9. Atlanta Braves (ATL).249.321.402.7231814491,384
10. Philadelphia Phillies (PHI).248.306.384.6901404271,205
11. Pittsburgh Pirates (PIT).245.313.396.7091614691,330
12. San Diego Padres (SD).245.308.378.6861464181,309
13. Chicago Cubs (CHC).238.300.392.6931724871,230
14. New York Mets (NYM).237.306.366.6721304251,384
15. Miami Marlins (MIA).231.293.335.627953451,232

But that only tells part of the story

There were only two teams in the National League who had a lower team batting average against lefties: the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs, that's not the company by which you wish to be judged.
2013 National League Hitting vs. Lefties
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Colorado Rockies (COL).269.323.395.71839122357
2. Milwaukee Brewers (MIL).267.316.420.73642113315
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (PIT).262.328.407.7352896272
4. Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).258.318.379.69728132311
5. San Francisco Giants (SF).257.312.378.69132133323
6. San Diego Padres (SD).254.319.410.72852140383
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).253.315.391.70639132337
8. Cincinnati Reds (CIN).241.317.392.70946137368
9. New York Mets (NYM).240.304.366.67136130431
10. Atlanta Braves (ATL).239.321.380.70141110360
11. Washington Nationals (WSH).239.306.367.67436108324
12. Philadelphia Phillies (PHI).239.304.375.67939111324
13. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).238.301.371.67233122309
14. Miami Marlins (MIA).233.301.362.66336115356
15. Chicago Cubs (CHC).232.298.394.69352133354

Now, look at these numbers in the postseason

So far, the Cardinals are the worst hitting NL team this season in the postseason
2013 National League Postseason Hitting
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).280.337.455.79272565
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (PIT).238.300.386.68671442
3. Atlanta Braves (ATL).214.290.275.5641542
4. Cincinnati Reds (CIN).188.235.375.610146
5. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).180.255.286.54261455

And it gets even worse against lefties

2013 National League Postseason Hitting vs. Lefties
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Pittsburgh Pirates (PIT).417.467.500.967011
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).273.298.418.7161510
3. Atlanta Braves (ATL).207.301.256.5571226
4. Cincinnati Reds (CIN).207.258.414.672145
5. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).144.212.189.4010318

The Red Sox are almost twice as good this postseason

The Red Sox have a batting average that almost doubles the Cards hitting against lefties in the postseason.
2013 Remaining Teams Postseason Hitting vs. Lefties
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Boston Red Sox (BOS).282.367.471.83821120
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).273.298.418.7161510
3. Detroit Tigers (DET).216.333.353.6861511
4. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).144.212.189.4010318

And yes, the Cards have been even worse against the Dodgers lefties

2013 LCS Hitting vs. Lefties
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHK
1. Detroit Tigers (DET).219.342.281.623024
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).143.143.143.286001
3. St. Louis Cardinals (STL).125.173.188.361029
4. Boston Red Sox (BOS).000.500.000.500000

Who are the objects of our scorn?

Last night, David Freese's single to right leading off the 5th was the Cards first hit of the game against the Dodgers' lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. However, Freese was replaced by a pinch runner because of tightness in his right calf and is listed as day-to-day.

It's been no Holliday for the Cards this postseason against lefties:
2013 Cardinals Postseason Hitting vs. Lefties
AVGOBPSLUGOPSHRXBHKAB
1. David Freese (STL).286.375.429.8040117
2. Pete Kozma (STL).250.400.375.7750108
3. Jon Jay (STL).222.200.222.4220019
4. Matt Carpenter (STL).167.231.333.56401312
5. Matt Adams (STL).154.154.154.30800413
6. Yadier Molina (STL).111.200.111.3110019
7. Carlos Beltran (STL).111.333.111.4440019
8. Matt Holliday (STL).091.091.091.18200111
9. Shane Robinson (STL).000.000.000.0000002
10. Michael Wacha (STL).000.000.000.0000033
11. Joe Kelly (STL).000.000.000.0000022
12. Daniel Descalso (STL).000.000.000.0000002
13. Adam Wainwright (STL).000.000.000.0000013

The Cardinals biggest problem as the LCS continues

Dodgers Lefties in the LCS
GPAABHXBHHRBBKAVGOBPSLUGOPSERAWHIP
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD)1201822015.111.150.278.4280.000.500
2. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD)1242330014.130.167.130.2970.000.571
3. J. P. Howell (LAD)28710010.143.250.143.3930.001.000

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