Monday, May 09, 2005

Monday Morning Thoughts

- While it's frustrating that the Cardinals are off to a 3-7 start against teams not in the NL Central, it's not all bad news. For one thing, the Cardinals have yet to be swept in a series this season. For another thing, out of their 7 losses against teams from the NL East and NL West, 4 of them were of the 1 run variety. Just a couple of small breaks here and there and the Cardinals could have a 7-3 record instead of the one they're looking at.

- Thanks to the 15 run outburst yesterday, including 11 in the first inning, the Redbird offense is finally clicking. The Cardinals now have the 2nd most runs scored in the NL with 154 - right behind their opponents for the next 4 games who have scored 161. The Cardinals OPS is 3rd best in the league at 780. The Dodgers have an 801 mark, with the Giants 2nd at 783.

- Even though the pitching was letting the team down during the San Diego series, on the season the Cardinals still have the 3rd best ERA in in NL at 3.69. Once Isringhausen comes off the DL, the pitching should really come into focus.

- Down on the farm:

Adam Wainwright - 3-1, 1.96 ERA, 34 K's, 5 BB's, 41.1 innings
Anthony Reyes - 4-1, 2.61 ERA, 40 K's, 6 BB's, 41.1 innings

How and when are the Cardinals going to get those 2 plugged into the major league roster?

- Over the next few weeks, I'm going to start working on articles that will address the trades made by Walt Jocketty since joining the Cardinals. A lot of work was done on this front at Redbird Nation back in 2003. I'm going to further that work by looking at the win shares gained by each side in each trade so that, when it's all said and done, we can assign the number of wins added or lost by Walt for the Cardinals. My plan is to do it on a year by year basis, starting with 1996 and working my way up. Hopefully, I'll get one out today with more following over the next 3 weeks. (Thanks to Eleven for the suggestion.)


At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See also the intro to the Cardinals section in this year's print version of Baseball Prospectus for an assessment of the trades Jocketty has made.


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