Matheny Compared to National League Central Managers- Day 2

Let’s take a few days and look into how Mike Matheny manages the Cardinals as opposed to the managers in the other National League Central cities. For some points of reference, we may include managers from other divisions or the American League.

On the first day of this analysis we will look at some of the items we will be looking into are the different number of lineups used, the percentage of players who had the platoon advantage at the start of the game. Then we will peruse how often pinch hitters were used, pinch runners used and defensive substitutions were employed.

Let’s not lose sight of one thing while doing this analysis:

Matheny won 97 games for the most in the National League.

Lineups UsedPL%PH usedPR usedDS


  • Major league leader with MOST lineups was Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay with 147 and Don Mattingly in the National League with 145. The least was Mike Matheny with 89 and Dusty Baker was the only other manager under 100 different lineups.
  • As far as platoon upmanship (PL%) Bruce Bochy led the National League at .70 and Bob Melvin came in at .77 to lead all managers with the most. On the least side of it Robin Ventura and Ron Roenicke recorded a .47 score.
  • Pinch hitters used, we find Clint Hurdle was far and away (at least 20 more than the next manager) into using it to his advantage and Don Mattingly had the least with 210. We will not compare the American League into this one due to the designated hitter rule.
  • Interestingly, we find Mike Matheny leading his division by a sizeable number in using pinch runners with 30. Only one other NL manager, Fredi Gonzalez, had more with 40 on the year. Mike Redmond employed a pinch runner only 8 times all season.
  • Defensive substitutions is where we find Clint Hurdle with 61 to lead the National League by a huge margin (more than 10). One surprising stats find Mike Redmond (Marlins) only employed a defensive substitute 9 times during the season.
  • What you find in today’s numbers is the fact that Mike Matheny was able to use less lineups and still put a starting lineup with a platoon advantage onto the field. This is likely from the fact that the Cardinals had several switch hitters in the lineup.
  • The Cardinals used less pinch hitters, more pinch runners, and a higher number of defensive substitutions to win games. Comparison wise on just the numbers we have thrown at you we find that Matheny may be a conservative manager and manages very closely with Dusty Baker in Cincinnati.


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