Troke Notes: Cardinals – Dodgers

Stats from May 24th vs Dodgers

– Allan Craig owns the highest batting average against the Dodgers among active players

Highest Career BA vs. Dodgers – Active Players (minimum 50 PA)
Allen Craig             .407 (22/54)
David Wright            .371
Daniel Murphy             .365
Carlos Gonzalez          .362
Marlon Byrd                .362

– Craig has the 2nd highest average against the Dodgers since 1921

HIGHEST CAREER BATTING AVG VS DODGERS (SINCE 1921)
NICK JOHNSON – .415
ALLEN CRAIG – .407
JIM EISENREICH – .405
BEN CANTWELL – .404
TOMMY GRIFFITH – .392
AUSTIN McHENRY – .377

– Craig’s overall numbers against the Dodgers have been ridiculous

ALLEN CRAIG CAREER VS DODGERS (16 GAMES)

.407 AVG
3 HR
7 DOUBLES
21 RBI
.704 SLG

– Lance Lynn’s 1st 37 pitches were all fastballs… it got him through the 1st 3 innings… he started the 4th inning with 6 straight curveballs, and then threw 2 fastballs to get Matt Kemp out to end the inning

– David Freese had multiple extra base-hits in a game for the 1st time since September 1, 2012… he homered and doubled against Washington

– the Cardinals hit 2 homeruns for the 1st time since May 14th against the Mets

– the Cardinals hit 2 homeruns against the Dodgers… they had just 2 homeruns in their previous 8 games

– Freese and Craig homered in the same game for the 1st time since August 15, 2012 against Arizona

– Lynn’s 1st 3 ball count came to Juan Uribe in the 6th, when he issued a leadoff walk

– Randy Choate pitched a full inning for the 1st time since July 26, 2012 against the Cardinals (48 consecutive games of less than one inning)

MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES W/O PITCHING A FULL INNING (SINCE 1916)
RANDY CHOATE – 48
PEDRO FELICIANO – 28
TAYLOR TANKERSLEY – 24
RANDY CHOATE (2011) – 22

– Lynn struck out 9 batters in just 6 innings… it’s the 4th time in his career he’s struck out 9 or more in 6 innings or fewer… it’s been done just 8 other times by Cardinals since 2004 (Chris Carpenter, John Smoltz, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, Anthony Reyes, Mitchell Boggs, Kyle Lohse, and Woody Williams)

– Lynn is the 3rd Cardinal since 1921 to begin back-to-back seasons
**Gerry Staley in 1952-1953 and Howie Krist in 1941-1942

– Seth Maness has induced 5 groundball double plays in just 9.1 innings

– the Cardinals recorded their MLB-leading 8th shutout this season (they had just 10 last year)

– the shutout was their 1st in Los Angeles since May 24, 2008

– David Freese has done a majority of his damage over his last 4 games played

DAVID FREESE THIS SEASON
            APRIL 8-MAY 16        MAY 17-TONIGHT
GAMES         27                       4
AVG            .209                    .400
HR               0                         2
XBH             3                         3
RBI              4                         8
SLG            .242                    .867

– the Cardinals have 3 pitchers in the top 9 in the NL in strikeouts…

NL STRIKEOUT LEADERS

AJ BURNETT – 85
MATT HARVEY – 74
CLAYTON KERSHAW – 72
JEFF SAMARDZIJA – 72
ADAM WAINWRIGHT – 69
LANCE LYNN – 66
TIM LINCECUM – 64
MADISON BUMGARNER – 63
SHELBY MILLER – 62
STEPHEN STRASBURG – 62

– Lynn has been much tougher on lefties this season

LANCE LYNN VS LEFTIES (2012 VS 2013)
                     2012        2013
OPP AVG        .272        .194
OPP OBP        .384        .316
OPP SLG        .456        .347
K/BB RATIO   1.30         1.61

– Chris Capuano owns the 5th worst ERA against the Cardinals among active pitchers

WORST ERA VS CARDINALS (ACTIVE PITCHERS, MIN. 10 STARTS)
JA HAPP – 6.79
DEREK LOWER – 6.79
YOVANI GALLARDO – 6.78
CHARLIE MORTON – 6.17
CHRIS CAPUANO – 5.90
**SINCE 2011:  4 STARTS, 0-2 REC, 9.33 ERA, 7 HR ALLOWED

– the Cardinals allowed just 3 hits… their fewest in a shutout at LA since 5/4/1989… Ricky Horton pitched 5 innings in relief for the Dodgers that day allowing 2 runs on 10 hits… position player Mickey Hatcher also pitched for LA in the Cardinals 12-0 victory

– Lynn is the 7th Cardinal since 1921 to strikeout 9 or more batters in 6 innings or fewer of shutout baseball

CARDINALS W/ 6 IP OR FEWER, 9 + STRIKEOUTS, AND 0 RUNS ALLOWED
9/24/1936    DIZZY DEAN
10/3/1993    RENE AROCHA
6/4/1997    ANDY BENES
10/4/2001    MATT MORRIS
4/8/2006    CHRIS CARPENTER
8/23/2009    JOHN SMOLTZ
5/24/2013    LANCE LYNN

– Lance Lynn is the 13th starting pitcher since 1988, when Stats Inc. began tracking pitches thrown, to strikeout 9 or more batters, while throwing 77 pitches or fewer

FEWEST PITCHES THROWN BY PITCHERS WITH 9+ STRIKEOUTS (SINCE 2000)
1989     STEVE WILSON – 77 PITCHES, 10 STRIKEOUTS
1990    DANA KIECKER – 75 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
1992    WALLY WHITEHURST – 70 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
1992    JEFF BRANTLEY – 74 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
1993    CHRIS HANEY – 74 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
1998    JOHN SMOLTZ – 68 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
1999    STEVE WOODARD – 76 PITCHES, 10 STRIKEOUTS
2002    CURT SCHILLING – 75 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
2006    PEDRO MARTINEZ – 77 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
2009    JOHN SMOLTZ – 75 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
2009    CHRIS NARVESON – 70 PITCHES, 10 STRIKEOUTS
2010    CC SABATHIA – 73 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS
2013     LANCE LYNN – 77 PITCHES, 9 STRIKEOUTS