Cards, Braves have been two of baseball's best since turn of the century

BY foxsports • July 24, 2015

The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals have been two of the most successful franchises in baseball, at least during the regular season, since the turn of the century.

But while the Cardinals lead all teams with 64 postseason wins (64-57) since 2000, the Braves are just 13-26 in the playoffs over the same period.

More recently, however, the Braves seem to have slipped into a pit of ordinariness. They finished four games below .500 (79-83) in 2014, and are currently 45-50 in 2015. No National League club has spent more time mired near .500 over the past two seasons combined. 

Best Record, MLB since 2000 (Regular season only)

Team Record Win Percentage
Yankees 1474-1046 .585
Cardinals 1425-1099 .565
Braves 1386-1137 .549
Angels 1385-1140 .549

Jason Heyward gets his first chance to face the team that traded him last November. Heyward wasn't the only player the Braves dealt in their offseason housecleaning, but he has produced the highest batting average among those who departed.

2015 Stats, Position Players Traded by Braves before Season

Player Average Homer RBI
Jason Heyward (STL) .284 9 33
Justin Upton (SD) .251 15 49
Evan Gattis (HOU) .246 16 57
Melvin Upton Jr. (SD) .203 2 5

Jhonny Peralta leads the National League with a .368 batting average after the sixth inning. It's one of the best such marks by any Cardinal since 1980.

Highest BA in Innings 7+, Cardinals since 1980 (Minimum 100 PA)

Player Year Average
Willie McGee 1990 .407
Albert Pujols 2007 .380
Keith Hernandez 1980 .369
Jhonny Peralta 2015 .368
Albert Pujols 2003 .367

Tim Cooney will be making the sixth start of his career on Friday still seeking his first decision. No one since 1914 has waited longer at the beginning of their Cardinals tenure.

Most Consecutive Starts w/o Decision to Begin Cards Career, Since 1914

Player Starts
Tim Cooney (2015) 5
Mike Clark (1952) 4
Harry Parker (1970) 4
Omar Olivares (1990) 4

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