Nine games have gone by and that means we only have 153 left. It goes so fast. The winters get long here in Illinois without Cardinal baseball and I sure am not interested in the Sox or Cubs. Let’s take some time to digest the stats to date.
Hitting– Eckstein is the table setter and has the most hits. He has played in all 9 games and leads the team with 11 hits and a .306 batting average. He has 1 extra base hit out of that with 2 walks and 1 strikeout. David has 2 stolen bases. Pujols has also played in all 9 games but has not fared so well. We have come to expect alot from Sir Albert as last April he had a monster start and a ton of homeruns. This year Albert is 6 for 34 with 2 doubles and 1 home runs, 2 rbi’s and has walked 5 times with 4 K’s. He is hitting .176 and no stolen bases. The guys at the Albert Pujols Club are telling me he will still have a great April this year. Can’t count out Albert Pujols.
Skip Schumaker is the only other player to appear in all 9 games. Schu is 2 for 13 and 1 rbi with a .154 batting average. Rolen has missed the last 2 games with back spasms and that makes you wonder if there is any correlation between his icy start and the back flare-up. Scott is 5 for 26 with a .192 average He has one homer, one double, one walk and 5 strikeouts. We need to get him going but more importantly in the lineup. Chris Duncan has been a semi-regular in the Cards lineup with 25 at bats and 8 hits for a very healthy .308 batting average. Chris has 2 homeruns and one of those was a game winner. 3 doubles and 5 walks along with 8 strikeouts rounds out Chris Duncan to date.
Yadier Molina is batting .231 with 6 hits in 26 at bats. He has 1 double, 3 rbi’s, 2 walks and 5 K’s. Yadi is most importantly a main stay beind the plate. We need him there to handle the young staff. Jimmy Edmonds has appeared in 8 games and shows a .227 batting average with is 5 for 22 at the plate.
Some batting averages to digest for you are… Preston Wilson at .192, So Taguchi .313, Spiezio comes in at .286, Gary Bennett (maybe the slowest tagger-upper in the world) is at .500 and Aaron Miles is a .308 hitter at this time.
Pitching- Adam Wainwright is 1-0 with a 1.92 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched and 12 hits allowed. AW has not given up a home run and has walked and struck out 8. Braden Looper has a record of 1-1 with a ERA 2.08 and 12 innings pitched. He has walked 4 and struck out 6.
Kip Wells leads the team with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched and has walked 5 with a 1.38 ERA. Anthony Reyes is 0-1 with a 5.04 ERA in 5 innings. He has given up 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts in the young campaign. Ryan Franklin has one of the Cardinal wins as does Brad Thompson. Carpenter has the other loss. I will leave Carp’s stats for another time.
Bit O’ Info- The Birds are averaging 2.89 runs per game. Looper and Wells have for the last 2 starts and 14 innings a 0.00 ERA with only 3 hits allowed. Preston Wilson is on pace for 162 strikeouts. The Cardinals are on pace for hitting into a whopping 220 double plays in 2007.
Til next time,