Troke Notes: Cards vs. Royals

Stats from May 30th vs. Royals

– Cardinals rookies have been outstanding this month…

CARDINALS ROOKIES DURING MAY (ENTERING THURSDAY)
42 GAMES (11 STARTS)
10-2 RECORD
2.23 ERA (24/96.2)
4 HR ALLOWED
.218 OPP AVG (76/349)
4.29 K/BB RATIO (90/21)

– The Cardinals used the lineup of Carpenter, Beltran, Holliday, Craig, Molina, Freese, Jay, and Kozma for the 10th time this season… it’s their most frequently used lineup since 1991 (used 2 different lineups 11 or more times)

CARDS STARTING LINEUPS USED 10+ TIMES IN A SEASON (SINCE 1991)

1991 (14 TIMES)      1991 (11 TIMES)        2013 (10 TIMES)
BERNARD GILKEY     RAY LANKFORD        MATT CARPENTER
OZZIE     SMITH      OZZIE SMITH            CARLOS BELTRAN
RAY LANKFORD         TODD ZEILE            MATT HOLLIDAY
PEDRO GUERRERO  PEDRO GUERRERO     ALLEN CRAIG
FELIX JOSE              FELIX JOSE              YADIER MOLINA
TODD ZEILE          MILT THOMPSON        DAVID FREESE
TOM PAGNOZZI      TOM PAGNOZZI         JON JAY
JOSE OQUENDO      JOSE OQUENDO        PETE KOZMA

– Michael Wacha becomes the 14th youngest starter to make his MLB debut with the Cardinals since 1918

Youngest Starting Pitchers to Make MLB Debut, Cardinals Since 1918
                             Debut Date             Yrs  Days
Ray Sadecki              MAY-19-1960        19   145
Rick Ankiel               AUG-23-1999         20   35
Howie Pollet             AUG-20-1941         20   55
Santiago Guzman     SEP-30-1969          20   67
Jerry Reuss              SEP-27-1969         20   100
Dizzy Dean               SEP-28-1930         20   255
Bob Blaylock             JUL-22-1956         21   24
Johnny Stuart           JUL-27-1922         21   91
Reggie Cleveland       OCT-01-1969        21   131
Andy Rincon              SEP-15-1980        21   194
Paul Dean                 APR-18-1934        21   247
Vinegar Bend Mizell   APR-22-1952         21   253
Tink Riviere              APR-15-1921         21   256
Michael Wacha          MAY-30-2013        21   333

– The Cardinals are the 6th team since 1918 to have 3 starters make their MLB debut in the same calendar month, other than September

Teams w/3+ Starting Pitchers Making MLB Debut in Calendar Month OTHER THAN SEPTEMBER, MLB Since 1918
 
Cubs         April 1948       Bob Rush, Cliff Chambers, Dutch McCall
Yankees     June 1991         Wade Taylor, Jeff Johnson, Scott Kamieniecki
Tigers         June 1998        Seth Greisinger, Denny Harriger, Brian Powell
Yankees     April 2007        Kei Igawa, Chase Wright, Phil Hughes
Padres       August 2008      Chad Reineke, Dirk Hayhurst, Josh Geer
Cardinals    May 2013    John Gast, Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha

– The last time the Cardinals had 5 different rookies win a game in a calendar month other than September was August 1952… the blown save cost Wacha a chance to become the 5th this month

– Matt Carpenter has reached base 16 of 32 times he’s led off a game this season… he’s come around to score 12 of those 16 times

MATT CARPENTER LEADING OFF A GAME THIS SEASON
10-FOR-25
.400 AVG
2 XBH
6 WALKS
12 RUNS
.500 OBP

– David Freese extended his hitting streak to 10 games… 2 shy of a career-high

DAVID FREESE DURING 10-GAME HITTING STREAK
12-FOR-35
.343 AVG
2 HR
3 DOUBLES
11 RBI
5-FOR-11 W/ RISP

– Wacha is the 3rd Cardinal since 1984 to make his debut in the same or following season he was drafted

PLAYER                  DRAFTED       DEBUT
CHRIS CARPENTER    1987            5/14/88
JD DREW                  1998            9/8/98
MICHAEL WACHA       2012            5/30/13

– Wacha has reached base more times than Shelby Miller this season (Miller 0-for-20 with 14 strikeouts)

– Wacha retired the 1st 13 batters he faced… he’s the 4th starter since 1974 to retire the 1st 13+ batters faced in his debut

STARTERS TO RETIRE 1ST 13+ CONSECUTIVE BATTERS IN DEBUT SINCE 1974

DATE           TEAM            PITCHER/OPPONENT           CONS. BATTERS
8/9/1997    SEATTLE    KEN CLOUDE VS WHITE SOX          16
6/19/2001  MONTREAL    TROY MATTES VS METS              14
4/3/2008    CINCINNATI  JOHNNY CUETO VS D’BACKS       15
5/30/2013  ST. LOUIS    MICHAEL WACHA VS ROYALS       13

– Matt Carpenter has 2 hits and a walk 4 times in the last 5 games…

– Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 9 games…

MATT CARPENTER DURING 9 GAME HITTING STREAK
15-FOR-38
.395 AVG
1 HR
3 DOUBLES
4 RBI
9 RUNS
.477 OBP
6 MULTI-HIT GAMES

– Jon Jay went 0-for-4, and is on a 0-for-19 skid… his average dropped to .250 on the season

– Wacha is the 4th Cardinal since 1916 with 7+ IP, 6+ K, and 1 run or fewer allowed in his debut

CARDINALS W/ 7+ IP, 6+ K, AND 1 RUN OR FEWER ALLOWED IN DEBUT SINCE 1916

TONIGHT     MICHAEL WACHA
8/6/1983     DANNY COX
7/21/1975    ERIC RASMUSSEN
4/26/1944    AL JURISICH

– Wacha is the 4th pitcher since 1916 with 7+ IP, 2 hits or fewer, 1 run or fewer, and 0 walks in his MLB debut

PITCHERS SINCE 1916 W/ 7+ IP, 1 RUN OR FEWER, 2 HITS OR FEWER, AND 0 WALKS IN DEBUT
TONIGHT    MICHAEL WACHA
4/3/2008    JOHNNY CUETO
9/21/1986    JIMMY JONES
4/9/1970    WAYNE SIMPSON

– Mitchell Boggs blew his 3rd save of the season… tied for 2nd most in the NL (JJ Putz – 4 blown saves)

– Boggs has allowed runs in 3 of 4 appearances since coming back up from the minor leagues

MITCHELL BOGGS SINCE RETURNING FROM MEMPHIS

4 GAMES
4 IP
4 HITS
3 ER (4 RUNS)
2 HR ALLOWED
1/3 K/BB

– Boggs has had a rough time in close and late situations this season

MITCHELL BOGGS IN CLOSE AND LATE SITUATIONS (MLB RANKS, MIN. 35 BATTERS FACED)
.520 OPP AVG (12/25)        WORST
.658 OPP OBP (25/38)        WORST
1.000 OPP SLG (25/25)        WORST
11 WALKS                4TH MOST
12 OPP RBI                2ND MOST

– It’s no surprise, but Mujica’s been one of the best in those situations this season…

EDWARD MUJICA IN CLOSE AND LATE SITUATIONS (MLB RANKS)
.109 OPP AVG            1ST
.123 OPP OBP            1ST
.125 OPP SLG                2ND
1 WALK                5TH FEWEST
3 OPP RBI                22ND

– Tonight’s game was delayed 5:32… the longest delay in baseball since 10/3/1999… the Reds and Brewers had a 5:47 delay in Milwaukee

– The blown save in the 9th will get most of the attention, but the Cardinals didn’t have a hit after the 4th inning… they went hitless in their last 16 at bats

– Carpenter doubled for the 17th time this season… one behind Jay Bruce for the NL lead

– The Cardinals have 2 of the top 7 players in the NL at getting on base…

NL ON BASE PCT. LEADERS THIS SEASON

TEAM        PLAYER                       OBP
CIN        JOEY VOTTO                 .466
CIN        SHIN-SOO CHOO          .449
ARZ        PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT    .416
COL        TROY TULOWITZKI       .404
MIL        JEAN SEGURA               .397
STL        MATT CARPENTER        .395
STL        YADIER MOLINA           .393

– both Mitchell Boggs and Victor Marte allowed a run and didn’t record an out… just 2 other Cardinals had done that this season (Fernando Salas on April 1st and Mitchell Boggs and April 14th)

Stats from May 29th vs Royals

– the Cardinals won their 6th straight against the Royals… their longest streak against the Royals is 7 (2003-2005)

– the Cardinals 6 straight interleague wins are tied for 2nd most in franchise history…

CARDINALS LONGEST INTERLEAGUE WIN STREAKS

2004-2005    12 STRAIGHT
2012-2013    6
2005-2006    6
2001-2002    6
2002             5

– Matt Adams was in a 1-for-18 slump, until his pinch hit single in the 7th… he was hitting .485 (16-for-33) from April 1-May 16

– tonight’s Cardinals lineup is their most frequently used starting 8… it’s the 9th time they’ve used that lineup… the last time they used the same lineup 9+ times in a season was 2004 (Womack, Lankford, Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen, Renteria, Sanders, Matheny)

– if the Cardinals use the same lineup again this season, it will be the 10th time they used this starting lineup… the last time they used the same starting lineup 10 or more times in a season was in 1991 (2 different lineups used 10+ times)

– The Cardinals have 3 games left in May… their 19 wins are 3 shy of the most in baseball since 1980

MOST MAY WINS SINCE 1980

YEAR        TEAM            WINS IN MAY
2005        PADRES          22
1998        BRAVES          21
1981        ORIOLES        21
1986        RED SOX         21
2012        MARLINS         21
1990        TWINS            21
1995        PHILLIES        21
2003        BLUE JAYS      21
**2013 CARDINALS AND 14 OTHER TEAMS TIED WITH 20 WINS

– Matt Carpenter has played above average 2nd base this season…

MATT CARPENTER AS 2ND BASEMAN (NL RANKS, MIN. 200 INNINGS)
1 ERROR                          2ND FEWEST
.814 ZONE RATING              6TH
3.06 ASSISTS PER 9            1ST
5 DEFENSIVE RUNS SAVED  1ST
14 OOZ PLAYS                     3RD

– Carpenter also extended his hitting streak to 8 games…

MATT CARPENTER DURING 8-GAME HITTING STREAK
13-FOR-34
.382 AVG
1 HR
2 DOUBLES
4 RBI
8 RUNS
5 MULTI-HIT GAMES

– Matt Holliday has homeruns in consecutive games for the 1st time since July 31st to August 1st last season in Colorado

– Holliday has crushed Kansas City over the past 2 seasons…

MATT HOLLIDAY VS ROYALS SINCE 2012
17-FOR-32
.531 AVG
3 HR
4 DOUBLES
11 RBI
9 RUNS
1.642 OPS (29/28+20/33)
– Jon Jay is 0-for-15 over the last 4 games (thru 6th tonight)

– opponents are hitting .429 off Seth Maness over his past 7 appearances, but he’s allowed just 3 earned runs in 7.2 innings

SETH MANESS LAST 7 APPEARANCES
7.2 INNINGS
4 RUNS
3 EARNED RUNS
3.52 ERA
15 HITS
.429 OPP AVG
3 OPPONENT GDP

– Aaron Crow didn’t allow a run in his 1st 9 appearances, but he’s allowed 8 in his last 9 appearances

AARON CROW THIS SEASON

            1ST 9 APPEARANCES    LAST 9 APP.
INNINGS         7.1                        7.2
RUNS               0                           8
ERA               0.00                      9.39
HITS                4                          12
OPP AVG        .160                     .364
K/BB               4/2                       6/4

– Carlos Beltran hit his 44th homerun as a Cardinal, tying him with Pedro Guerrero, Tom Pagnozzi, Terry Pendleton, and George Watkins for 57th on the Cardinals all-time list

– Holliday hit his 98th Cardinal homerun, tying him with Joe Torre for 20th on the franchise’s all-time list

MOST HOMERUNS IN CARDINALS HISTORY

RANK       PLAYER                    HR TOTAL
16           GEORGE HENDRICK    122
17           SCOTT ROLEN             111
T-18        RIPPER COLLINS        106
T-18        WHITEY KUROWSKI   106
T-20        MATT HOLLIDAY         98
T-20        JOE TORRE                 98
22           JD DREW                    96

– the Cardinals went 7-for-25 in the 1st 7 innings, but scored just 1 run… they went 5-for-8 in the 8th inning and scored 4 runs

– Lance Lynn has been one of the best starters in the NL since moving back into the rotation on September 13, 2012

LANCE LYNN SINCE 9/13/12 (NL RANKS)
15 STARTS           MOST
11-1 RECORD      1ST
9.71 K PER 9 IP   2ND
.212 OPP AVG      8TH
2.94 FIP              7TH
2.72 ERA             9TH

– Edward Mujica is the 1st Cardinals closer to throw 6 pitches or fewer in a 3 out save since July 20, 2012 (Jason Motte)

– Mujica has 17 saves since his 1st save on April 18th… that’s tied with Jason Grilli for the MLB lead during that span

– Daniel Descalso had just 3 RBI in his 1st 53 career plate appearances as a pinch hitter… he had 2 on one swing Wednesday night

– Randy Choate earned his 12th career win in his 493rd career appearance

– Choate’s 493 appearances are the most all-time by a pitcher with 12 or fewer victories

– The Cardinals won for the 1st time this season when trailing after 7 innings (lost 1st 12 games when trailing after 7)

– The Cardinals are a season-high 18 games over. 500… the last time they reached 18 games over .500 was on the final day of the 2011 season (haven’t been 19 over since 2009)

– Lance Lynn has pitched 7+ innings 6 times in his 1st 11 starts… he went 7+ innings just 6 times in 29 starts last season

– Descalso has been on fire since the trip to San Diego…

DANIEL DESCALSO SINCE MAY 21ST

8-FOR-17
.471 AVG
1 HR
3 DOUBLES
8 RBI
6 RUNS

– Yadier Molina is 13-for-20 over the past 6 games…

YADIER MOLINA SINCE MAY 22ND
13-FOR-20
.650 AVG
1 HR
3 DOUBLES
7 RBI
5 RUNS

– The Cardinals have won 20 games in May… one off the franchise record for the month

CARDINALS MOST WINS IN MAY ALL-TIME
1934 – 21 WINS
1941 – 21 WINS
1936 – 21 WINS
2013 – 20 WINS

– The Reds lost on Wednesday… the Cardinals and Reds have lost on the same day just 4 times this season, with the last coming on April 27th

– Mujica’s 17 saves tie him with Harry Brecheen for 32nd most in franchise history

– The only Cardinal to convert more than his 1st 17 save opportunities in a season was Tom Henke in 1995 (converted 1st 22 saves)