If you say Lance Lynn lost his first game, to quote Jeannie Bueller, you lose a testicle:
- Rafael Furcal led off two more innings by getting on base. He now has a .503 OBP when leading off an inning. The Cardinals are second in the league in runs scored. The two statistics are not coincidental.
- Despite the walks and the outcome, Sunday’s game was far from Lynn’s worst start of the year:
Date Opp TBF HR SO BB FIP 2-May PIT 24 0 6 1 1.63 14-Apr CHC 22 0 5 2 2.23 7-May @ARI 21 0 7 4 2.58 13-May ATL 25 0 7 3 2.65 8-Apr @MIL 22 1 8 1 2.98 25-Apr @CHC 30 1 7 2 3.61 20-Apr @PIT 23 1 4 1 4.13
- The Cardinals started out fabulously but quickly fizzled. In the bottom of the first, they put runners on second and third with no out (and Carlos Beltran batting) — a run expectancy of 1.571 runs. Instead, they scored zero. That’s because, after two consecutive walks, Cardinal batters struck out three consecutive times. At least they didn’t hit into a double play, right?
- Tony Cruz allowed a passed ball in Sunday’s game, bringing the catchers’ total to four on the year. It doesn’t seem like much, but the Cardinal backstops’ rate of missed pitches (wild pitches and passed balls) is one every 191 pitches. That may not sound like much, but compared to last year, when they missed one every 398 pitches, it’s twice as often. Of course, it may even out over the course of the year.
- John Rooney noted that the Braves scored their runs “all with two out,” but what does that phrase mean? And why don’t we ever hear “all with one out”?
- Good to see Puma prowling the diamond again.
- The weekend’s matchup of the league’s two best teams ended in a decisive win for the Braves. They’re clearly the better team — at the moment.
- In the eighth inning of a 7-1 game, Chipper just watched ball four on four pitches like it was intentional. We’re not sure what has happened to Kyle McClellan, but it makes us sad.
- We won’t gainsay the decision to retire Tony La Russa’s number, though we will note that we think that the team has at least one other number that deserved to be retired first (hint: It’s currently in use on the team and belonged to a player who has more career WAR than Red Schoendienst and Enos Slaughter).