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On the Depth of the Cardinals

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Bernie Mikslaz makes good points, as usual, by asking the question this way: How is it possible the Cardinals aren’t being buried by the other NL Central contenders, the Brewers and the Reds?

He offers this very smart analysis about Chris Carpenter (in addition to noting that W-L record is a terrible way to evaluate pitchers):

When you’re striking out hitters at a healthy rate and not issuing a lot of free passes, and doing a reasonably good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark, then your results will be greatly influenced by luck and defrense. And Carpenter hasn’t had much luck in 2011. The batting average on balls in play against him this season is .333. That’s the highest among Cardinals’ starters. Or to put it another way: only seven NL starting pitchers have endured worse luck — in the form of batting average on balls in play — than Carpenter this season.

 

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Written by jjvedamuthu

June 25, 2011 at 14:17

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