As we continue our series on How Mike Matheny Manages, we will today look at some of the tactics used.
Everyone knew the Cardinals were not a running team and they only attempted 67 stolen bases last season. The next closest was the Cubs at 95. That is a huge disparity. The most attempts came from Milwaukee at 192.
When it came time for sac attempts, the Cardinals ranked last in the Central with 73 and had Arizona and the Mets at 67. The most came from Dusty Baker playing his old-school baseball with 110 attempts.
Runners moving on the pitch found the Cardinals near the bottom of the league which matches with the stolen base attempts. Atlanta had the least at 94 and the Pirates topped the league with 172.
When it came time for pitchouts ordered numbers to be scrutinized, we found Matheny with 6 and that was about the middle of the pack. Again, Baker in Cincinnati had the most at 21 times.
Intentional walks ordered found the Cardinals manager next-to-last with 26 and Davey Johnson only at 17. The most came from Bochy at 64 intentional passes issued.
Did they end with a good outcome or bad? Cardinals got 20 of 28 and it blew up on them 6 times last season. Bud Black had the worst outcome as it blew up on him 8 times.