AFter suffering through a really frustrating night watching baseball, I had to ponder why the Cardinals, who appear to be no better than our team, are contending and we are just out ot lunch. So I went to the stats and figured out something.
The Cards hit for average better (.272 vs. our .260), slightly get on base more often (.337 vs. 330), and actually get more base hits (1102 vs. 1099 and we have 46 more ABs!). We score more runs (580 vs. 534), hit way more HRs (161 vs. 106), and have a better OPS (.760 vs. .740). We have 14 less singles than they do, for what it's worth.
They've played two less games than us, but we've played 32 moe innings. They've allowed an average of 9.41 hits per 9 innings and we've allowed 10.04 hits. They've alloweed 549 ER and we've allowed 600. We've allowed 46 unearned runs while they've allowed 54. Interesting. Our staff has allowed 18 more HR's. They have a 4.65 ERA and we have a 4.93 ERA.
The difference? Pitching. Our staff is very hittable while theirs is less so. It's all in the pitching. And it means 5 moe wins and a difference in 6 games in the standings. It all goes back to the bullpen (I know, you're thinking, Doh!), but that's what it is.
Think we could lure Dave Duncan over here? that might be the difference.