Troke Notes: Cardinals vs Reds

Stats from April 8th vs Reds

– the Cardinals have lost 6 of the last 7 home openers (defeated Houston on 4/12/2010)

– Jaime Garcia is the 1st Cardinals lefty to start the home opener since 2006 (Mark Mulder)

– Pete Kozma’s 5 RBI’s were 3rd most among MLB shortstops entering play on Monday

– the Cardinals hosted the Reds in a home opener for the 1st time since 1965

– the Cardinals went 6-2 in home openers with Jim Edmonds in the lineup (2000-2007)… he went just 7-for-27 with a double, RBI, 2 runs, and 6 walks

– since 1900, the Cardinals are 7-5 in home openers against the Reds

CARDINALS HOME OPENERS VS REDS SINCE 1900

2013    13-4 LOSS
1965    10-4 LOSS    
1961    7-3 LOSS (MUSIAL HR)
1948    4-0 WIN (DICKSON CG, MUSIAL/RED EACH HAD AN RBI)
1945    3-2 WIN (HOPP/MARION 2 HITS, RBI EACH)
1931    3-2 WIN (1:43 TIME OF GAME)
1929    9-2 WIN (HAINES CG, 17 HITS, FRISCH 3 HITS, 2 RBI)
1925     12-3 WIN (FLINT RHEM CG, HORNSBY/BOTTOMLEY 2 HITS EACH)
1923    3-1 LOSS
1919    6-3 LOSS
1917    4-1 WIN
1907    4-1 WIN

– Mat Latos entered the day with a 9.00 career ERA against the Cardinals and a 13.50 ERA in 4 career starts at Busch Stadium

HIGHEST ERA AGAINST THE CARDINALS SINCE 1921 (MIN. 5 STARTS)

***ENTERING MONDAY, April 8***
YEARS             PITCHER                        ERA
1922-1926    TIM McNAMARA               11.08 (5 STARTS/15 GAMES)
2001-2004    JOSE ACEVEDO               9.55 (7 STARTS/8 GAMES)
2009-2012    JORDAN ZIMMERMANN    9.12 (5 STARTS/GAMES)
2009-2012    MAT LATOS                     9.00 (7 STARTS/GAMES)
1926-1931    WILLOUGHBY                  8.95 (18 STARTS/39 GAMES)

– David Freese returns to the lineup in time for the home opener… it’s his 5th home opener appearance and 4th straight start… he’s now 4-for-17 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored

– Latos has actually pitched pretty well in 2 straight starts against the Cardinals…

MAT LATOS CAREER VS CARDINALS
                  1ST 6 STARTS         LAST 2 STARTS
RECORD            1-4                1-0 (TEAM 2-0)
ERA                  10.24                1.64
HR ALLOWED    4                        0
XBH ALLOWED   14                     3
OPP AVG          .363                  .195
K/BB                 25/12                 9/2
WHIP               1.97                   0.91

– Latos was brutal in his 1st 3 career starts at Busch Stadium, but he’s been great in the last 2
LATOS CAREER AT BUSCH STADIUM
            1ST 3 STARTS        LAST 2 STARTS
RECORD        0-3                0-1 (TEAM 0-2)
IP                11.0                11.0
ER                23                   2 (5 RUNS)
ERA            18.82                   1.64
HITS            26                       8
OPP AVG    .464                    .195
OPP OPS   1.245                   .495
K/BB            8/8                     9/2

– Yadier Molina is making his 9th straight start in a home opener… Freese and Matt Holliday are tied for the 2nd longest active streaks by Cardinals with 4…

– Molina’s 9 start streak is the 2nd longest by a catcher in Cardinals history (Ted Simmons started 10 straight home openers from 1971-1980)

– 5 of Matt Carpenter’s 8 hits have come with 2 strikes this season… since last season, 49 of his 95 hits have come with 2 strikes (51.6%)

Highest Pct. of Hits coming with 2 Strikes, Since 2012
(minimum 300 AB)

A.J. Ellis                         58.5 (69/118)
Jayson Werth                54.2 (52/96)
Matt Carpenter             51.6 (49/95)
Clint Barmes                 50.0 (53/106)
Martin Prado                 48.7 (95/195)

– through his 3rd inning flyout, Jon Jay is 9-for-19 in his career against Mat Latos

– Jay hit .384 at Busch Stadium last season… the best home batting average in baseball

– Jaime Garcia got the Reds to swing and miss 14 times… his career-high is 21 (May 21, 2012 against San Diego)

– Garcia surrendered his 1st homerun at Busch Stadium since September 10, 2011 against Atlanta… he did not allow a homerun in 60.2 innings at Busch last season

– Garcia struck out 10 or more for the 2nd time in his career… he also whiffed 10 on 8/19/2012 against Pittsburgh

– Shin Soo Choo made 2 errors all of last season in right field… he made 2 today

– Choo is the 1st Reds center fielder to commit 2 errors in a game since Deion Sanders on 4/28/95
    
– Jim Edmonds committed 58 errors in his career… he had just one career multi-error game in 1,760 starts in the outfield

– Choo’s the 1st outfielder to commit 2 errors in a game against the Cardinals since 9/28/01 (Jason Kendall of the Pirates)

– the last center fielder with 2 errors against the Cardinals was Lenny Dykstra on May 25, 1994

– the Cardinals last walkoff hit in a home opener was in 1997 (Willie McGee homerun)… in the 2001 home opener, Ray Lankford scored on the wild pitch for the walkoff win

– after Trevor Rosenthal’s 2nd blown save of the season, the Cardinals have blown 3 of their 4 saves this season… that’s the most BS in baseball (ARZ, TB, and BALT have 2)

– Mitchell Boggs’s home ERA is over 2 runs higher at home than on the road since 2011
MITCHELL BOGGS HOME/ROAD SPLITS SINCE 2011
                     HOME        ROAD
GAMES            69            64
INNINGS         69.0        69.1
ERA                4.57        1.82    
OPP AVG        .264        .209
K/BB RATIO     1.70        3.47

– the Cardinals allowed 13 runs against the Reds… their 2nd most in an opener

CARDINALS MOST RUNS ALLOWED IN HOME OPENER
Gamedate vs. Opponent                  Runs Allowed
04/12/1892 vs. Chicago Colts             14
04/08/2013 vs. Reds                           13
04/13/1954 vs. Cubs                           13
04/14/1936 vs. Cubs                           12
04/10/1982 vs. Pirates                        11

– Boggs’s 4 walks are the most by a Cardinals reliever since 9/20/11 (Kyle McClellan walked 4 in 1.2 innings of work)

– Boggs is the 1st Cardinal reliever to issue 4 or more walks and fail to pitch at least one inning since 9/14/87 (Ken Dayley 4 walks in 0.2 innings)

– Boggs is the 1st Cardinals reliever to issue 4 or more walks and record one out or fewer in a game since 8/13/1942 (Whitey Moore – 4 walks in 0.0 innings)

– Boggs is the 1st Cardinal reliever to allow 7 or more runs in an inning since 5/18/2007 (Kelvin Jimenez – 0.1 IP, 7 ER)

– the 13 runs are the most the Reds have scored against the Cardinals since 9/7/1993 (14-13 Reds win in Cincy)

– the 13 runs are the most the Reds have scored in St. Louis since 7/27/1991 (13-1 win at Busch)

– the Cardinals allowed 9 runs in an inning for the 1st time since 6/21/11 against the Phillies

– dating back to 1920, this is the 1st time the Cardinals have allowed 9 or more runs in the 8th or later of a tie game

– the Cardinals allowed 9 runs in an inning the game after scoring 9 in an inning… it’s the 6th time that’s happened since 1918 (3rd time to a Cardinals team)

Teams to Allow 9+ Runs in an Inning After Scoring 9+ Runs in an Inning in Previous Game – Since 1918
 
Chicago White Sox           06/23/1936 – 06/24/1936
Brooklyn Dodgers            07/02/1947 – 07/03/1947
St. Louis Cardinals            09/14/1952 – 09/15/1952
Detroit Tigers                     09/01/1985 – 09/02/1985
St. Louis Cardinals            08/19/2003 – 08/20/2003
St. Louis Cardinals          LAST 2 GAMES

– the Cardinals offense has 3 games with 5 hits or fewer (0-3 Record)… they’ve also also 4 games with 10 hits or more (3-1 Record)

– Garcia is the 5th Cardinals lefty with 10+ K’s since 2001… it’s the 2nd time he’s done it

CARDINALS LEFTHANDERS WITH 10+ K IN A GAME SINCE 2001
8/21/02 – CHUCK FINLEY – 10
9/1/02 – CHUCK FINLEY – 12
5/9/05 – MARK MULDER – 12
8/19/12 – JAIME GARCIA – 10
4/8/13 – JAIME GARCIA – 10

– Randy Choate has not allowed a run or a hit in his 1st 4 Cardinals appearances…

MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES TO START SEASON  W/O ALLOWING RUN (CARDS RELIEVERS LAST 20 SEASONS)

YEAR        PITCHER            GAMES W/O RUN/HIT
2001        JASON CHRISTIANSEN    8**
2010        DENNYS REYES               7
2006        TYLER JOHNSON             6
2011        OCTAVIO DOTEL             5**
2013        RANDY CHOATE              4
2012        BARRET BROWNING        4**
2009        DENNYS REYES               4
2008        CHRIS PEREZ                 4**
**STARTED SEASON IN MINORS, DL, OR WITH ANOTHER TEAM

– Matt Holliday had a solid day at the plate…

MATT HOLLIDAY DURING HOME OPENER
4 PLATE APPEARANCES
1 SINGLE
1 WALK
28 PITCHES FACED
2 RUNS SCORED

– Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to 6 games (8-for-27, 3 doubles, 4 RBI during streak)… he went 0-for-4 in the 1st game

– after a rough series in Arizona, the Cardinals starters have been strong over the past 4 games

CARDINALS STARTING PITCHERS THIS SEASON

            3 GAMES AT ARIZONA        LAST 4 GAMES
IP/START        5.22                    6.42
ERA               4.60                    2.45
OPP AVG       .292                    .240
K/BB             13/7                    21/13
QUALITY STARTS    1                    3

– the Cardinals have allowed 10 runs twice in the 1st 7 games… they did it just 6 times all of last year

– Bronson Arroyo makes his 32nd start against the Cardinals on Tuesday… most among active pitchers

MOST STARTS VS. ST. LOUIS (ACTIVE PITCHERS)
BRONSON ARROYO – 31
AARON HARANG – 25
RYAN DEMPSTER – 23
WANDY RODRIGUEZ – 21
PAUL MAHOLM/BRETT MYERS – 18

– Lance Lynn made just one start against the Reds last year… he pitched just 2 innings, allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and struck out 1