Players of the Game
- Jaime Garcia: Held Toronto’s high-powered offense to a 3.22 FIP over 28 batters and seven innings
- Jhonny Peralta: Turned in a game-high (among starters) .847 wOBA on strength of a home run and a double
- Matt Carpenter: Table-setter reached base twice, tallying five total bases and a .600 wOBA
Plays of the Game by WPA
- Matt Carpenter homered, scoring Tony Cruz (+.138): Carpenter hit it out of the deepest part of Skydome (centerfield) to double the Cardinals’ lead in the second inning.
- Tony Cruz doubled, scoring Mark Ellis (+.096): With Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison perhaps distracted by Mark Ellis’s stolen base, on the next pitch Cruz rocked a double on a full count.
- Mark Ellis singled, advancing Jon Jay to 3B (+.065): Ellis and Jay started the rally, showing that speed serves the team well at the bottom of the order.
- Here’s hoping that taking two of three games from the second-best team in the AL boosts the club’s confidence.
- After walking his first batters of the year, Garcia’s K/BB ratio is 8.67. Cliff Lee is impressed.
- Garcia’s K-BB% is a heady 18.6%, 23rd in MLB among pitchers with at least 30 IP. The only Cardinal pitcher ahead of him is Adam Wainwright at 19.6% (19th).
- The walks were Garcia’s first after 97 batters faced to begin his season. Adam Wainwright opened his 2013 by facing 133 batters without a free pass. Bob Tewskbury once went 224 straight batters in 1993 without yielding. He led the NL in K/BB that year with 4.85. He also led the league in hits allowed (258).
- With his five total bases, Matt Carpenter raised his wOBA to .352. He is creeping closer to his career mean of .366.
- Speaking of regressing to the mean, Matt Adams — .349 wOBA in 2014, .349 career — began his rehab Monday night, going 0-for-3 for Memphis.
- The Cardinals finally got a day off after 20 straight games.
- When the Cardinals had their last off day, they were four games behind the Brewers. Today they find themselves five back.