Cardinals news from a Sabermetric point of view

Recap: Cardinals 12, Pirates 3

Notes on the game:

  • Two hits from Allen Craig on Tuesday, three hits from Matt Carpenter on Wednesday. Take your time, Big Puma.
  • Lance Lynn pitched the best game of the team’s season by FIGS:
    Rk Player Date H R IP BB SO HR BF FIGS
    1 Adam Wainwright 4/24/12 6 1 6 1 7 0 24 65
    1 Lance Lynn 5/2/12 3 2 6 2/3 1 6 0 24 65
    1 Kyle Lohse 4/17/12 4 0 7 1 6 0 25 65
    4 Jake Westbrook 4/27/12 7 1 7 0 5 0 27 64
    4 Kyle Lohse 4/22/12 6 1 7 0 5 0 27 64
    4 Kyle Lohse 4/4/12 2 1 7 1/3 0 3 0 24 64
  • One of our pet peeves (yes, we have many) is when a manager removes his starting pitcher after he induces a ground ball — pretty much what he wants to do — that gets through the infield. In this case, though, we’ll cut some slack to Mike Matheny, who likely wanted to simply preserve his young pitcher with a huge lead (and a 99.9% win expectancy). Lynn had thrown 100 pitches and is the only Cardinal pitcher besides the suddenly stout Jake Westbrook to throw that many pitches this year (and he’s done it thrice).
  • Hey, who’s that shortstop slinging a sidearm throw to first base? No, it’s not Brendan Ryan, it’s Tyler Greene. We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for the public outcry — or an apology from the Cardinals to Ryan.
  • The Cardinals haven’t had a fifth starter this reliably good since … Woody Williams in 2001?
  • The Cardinals now have two starting pitchers in the top 10 in MLB in expected FIP: Adam Wainwright (fifth, 2.82) and Lance Lynn (eighth, 2.88).
  • Carlos Beltran racked up a club-best (so far) 10 total bases.
  • The Cardinals have knocked 51 total bases in their last two games agains the Pirates.
  • For the last time, can we please do a little simple work at the ballpark to make home runs more perspicuous? (The wire basket in Wrigley works just fine.) The clown show that is the home-run review is ridiculous and not worthy of our grand game.
  • We love to see the Cardinals’ WPA graph flatline at an asymptote approaching 100% in the third inning.

Source: FanGraphs

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