Carpenter’s slugging percentage in leadoff spot is historically studly

Matt Carpenter has a .635 slugging percentage as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter.

 

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Third baseman Matt Carpenter has sacrificed some points off his batting average since he started powering up this season, but there is no arguing that he supplies a unique dimension to the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup.

Carpenter is slugging well over .600 from the leadoff spot in the order. Dating back 101 years, not many hitters can match that type of power at the top of the order.

HIGHEST SLUGGING PERCENTAGE BATTING FIRST SINCE 1914*

Player, Team Year Slugging percentage
Kal Daniels, Cincinnati Reds 1987 .649
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
2015 .635
Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles 1996 .627
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins 2007 .596
Wally Moses, Philadelphia Athletics 1937 .589
* Minimum 300 plate appearances    

The Cardinals have just three regular-season games left. When they’re done, they will have produced one of the finest run-prevention seasons in their long history.

LARGEST DIFFERENTIAL IN ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING PERCENTAGE IN 2015

Team Own OPS Opponent OPS Differential
Toronto Blue Jays .795 .706 +.089
Los Angeles Dodgers .739 .671 +.068
Houston Astros .745 .679 +.066
Chicago Cubs .720 .668 +.052
St. Louis Cardinals
.721 .674 +.047

FEWEST OPPONENT RUNS PER GAME IN CARDINALS HISTORY

Year Runs per game
1968 2.91
1943 3.03
1942 3.08
1944 3.12
2015 3.23 (first in MLB)

HIGHEST CAREER WINNING PERCENTAGE, CARDINALS LEFT-HANDERS WITH 50-PLUS WINS

Pitcher W-L (win percentage)
John Tudor 62-26 (.705)
Jaime Garcia 52-31 (.627)
Harry Brecheen 128-79 (.618)
Al Brazle 97-64 (.602)
Howie Pollet 97-65 (.599)