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Twelve Days of Christmas 2014: Day 11

January 4th, 2015 by Pip

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Eleven stars a-starring

Ten games a-winning,
Nine shutouts posting,
Eight runs a-scoring,
Seven K’s per free pass,
Six runs surmounting,
Five frozen ropes;

Four singling bunts,
Three Matt bats,
Two inductees,
And a platinum glove for Yadi.

  1. Catcher Yadier Molina won his third career Platinum Glove Award, honoring the best defensive player in the league.
  2. On July 27, former Cardinal player and manager Joe Torre and former Cardinal manager Tony La Russa were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
  3. Matt Holliday (97 weighted Runs Created), Matt Carpenter (92) and Matt Adams (72) accounted for 40% of the team’s offense in 2014.
  4. The Cardinals’ 4-1 win on May 17 featured four bunt hits, two each by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos. It was only the second time in this century, and the first time since the Detroit Tigers on Sep. 23, 2003, that a team had that many bunt safeties.
  5. Matt Carpenter ripped five hits — three line drives and two ground balls — on June 4, the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick  on Apr. 9, 2009. Carpenter also had a walk to complete a perfect night.
  6. The Cardinals surmounted a six-run deficit against the Brewers on July 12, capped by Matt Holliday‘s game-winning home run in the ninth inning, the team’s fourth of the game. It was their largest comeback since 2007.
  7. Pat Neshek, a non-roster invitee to spring training, made the team and led the pitching staff with a 7.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014.
  8. The Cardinals scored eight runs off Cy Young winner and NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to win Game 1 of the NLDS, the second straight year that they lit up the Dodger lefty in the playoffs and second-most in a single game that Kershaw has allowed in his career.
  9. Adam Wainwright led the league for the second straight season with three shutouts in 2014 to bring his career total to nine, which ranks him 12th among active pitchers. He needs one more to tie Chris Carpenter on the club’s all-time list.
  10. Jhonny Peralta recorded 10 game-winning RBIs in 2014. The offseason acquisition posted the highest fWAR for a Cardinal shortstop — 5.4 — since Edgar Renteria‘s 6.4 in 2003.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2014: Day 10

January 3rd, 2015 by Pip

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Ten games a-winning,

Nine shutouts posting,
Eight runs a-scoring,
Seven K’s per free pass,
Six runs surmounting,
Five frozen ropes;

Four singling bunts,
Three Matt bats,
Two inductees,
And a platinum glove for Yadi.

  1. Catcher Yadier Molina won his third career Platinum Glove Award, honoring the best defensive player in the league.
  2. On July 27, former Cardinal player and manager Joe Torre and former Cardinal manager Tony La Russa were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
  3. Matt Holliday (97 weighted Runs Created), Matt Carpenter (92) and Matt Adams (72) accounted for 40% of the team’s offense in 2014.
  4. The Cardinals’ 4-1 win on May 17 featured four bunt hits, two each by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos. It was only the second time in this century, and the first time since the Detroit Tigers on Sep. 23, 2003, that a team had that many bunt safeties.
  5. Matt Carpenter ripped five hits — three line drives and two ground balls — on June 4, the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick  on Apr. 9, 2009. Carpenter also had a walk to complete a perfect night.
  6. The Cardinals surmounted a six-run deficit against the Brewers on July 12, capped by Matt Holliday‘s game-winning home run in the ninth inning, the team’s fourth of the game. It was their largest comeback since 2007.
  7. Pat Neshek, a non-roster invitee to spring training, made the team and led the pitching staff with a 7.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014.
  8. The Cardinals scored eight runs off Cy Young winner and NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to win Game 1 of the NLDS, the second straight year that they lit up the Dodger lefty in the playoffs and second-most in a single game that Kershaw has allowed in his career.
  9. Adam Wainwright led the league for the second straight season with three shutouts in 2014 to bring his career total to nine, which ranks him 12th among active pitchers. He needs one more to tie Chris Carpenter on the club’s all-time list.
  10. Jhonny Peralta recorded 10 game-winning RBIs in 2014. The offseason acquisition posted the highest fWAR for a Cardinal shortstop — 5.4 — since Edgar Renteria‘s 6.4 in 2003.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2014: Day 9

January 2nd, 2015 by Pip

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Nine shutouts posting,

Eight runs a-scoring,
Seven K’s per free pass,
Six runs surmounting,
Five frozen ropes;

Four singling bunts,
Three Matt bats,
Two inductees,
And a platinum glove for Yadi.

  1. Catcher Yadier Molina won his third career Platinum Glove Award, honoring the best defensive player in the league.
  2. On July 27, former Cardinal player and manager Joe Torre and former Cardinal manager Tony La Russa were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
  3. Matt Holliday (97 weighted Runs Created), Matt Carpenter (92) and Matt Adams (72) accounted for 40% of the team’s offense in 2014.
  4. The Cardinals’ 4-1 win on May 17 featured four bunt hits, two each by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos. It was only the second time in this century, and the first time since the Detroit Tigers on Sep. 23, 2003, that a team had that many bunt safeties.
  5. Matt Carpenter ripped five hits — three line drives and two ground balls — on June 4, the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick  on Apr. 9, 2009. Carpenter also had a walk to complete a perfect night.
  6. The Cardinals surmounted a six-run deficit against the Brewers on July 12, capped by Matt Holliday‘s game-winning home run in the ninth inning, the team’s fourth of the game. It was their largest comeback since 2007.
  7. Pat Neshek, a non-roster invitee to spring training, made the team and led the pitching staff with a 7.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014.
  8. The Cardinals scored eight runs off Cy Young winner and NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to win Game 1 of the NLDS, the second straight year that they lit up the Dodger lefty in the playoffs and second-most in a single game that Kershaw has allowed in his career.
  9. Adam Wainwright led the league for the second straight season with three shutouts in 2014 to bring his career total to nine, which ranks him 12th among active pitchers. He needs one more to tie Chris Carpenter on the club’s all-time list.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2014: Day 8

January 1st, 2015 by Pip

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Eight runs a-scoring,

Seven K’s per free pass,
Six runs surmounting,
Five frozen ropes;

Four singling bunts,
Three Matt bats,
Two inductees,
And a platinum glove for Yadi.

  1. Catcher Yadier Molina won his third career Platinum Glove Award, honoring the best defensive player in the league.
  2. On July 27, former Cardinal player and manager Joe Torre and former Cardinal manager Tony La Russa were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
  3. Matt Holliday (97 weighted Runs Created), Matt Carpenter (92) and Matt Adams (72) accounted for 40% of the team’s offense in 2014.
  4. The Cardinals’ 4-1 win on May 17 featured four bunt hits, two each by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos. It was only the second time in this century, and the first time since the Detroit Tigers on Sep. 23, 2003, that a team had that many bunt safeties.
  5. Matt Carpenter ripped five hits — three line drives and two ground balls — on June 4, the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick  on Apr. 9, 2009. Carpenter also had a walk to complete a perfect night.
  6. The Cardinals surmounted a six-run deficit against the Brewers on July 12, capped by Matt Holliday‘s game-winning home run in the ninth inning, the team’s fourth of the game. It was their largest comeback since 2007.
  7. Pat Neshek, a non-roster invitee to spring training, made the team and led the pitching staff with a 7.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014.
  8. The Cardinals scored eight runs off Cy Young winner and NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to win Game 1 of the NLDS, the second straight year that they lit up the Dodger lefty in the playoffs and second-most in a single game that Kershaw has allowed in his career.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2014: Day 7

December 31st, 2014 by Pip

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Seven K’s per free pass,

Six runs surmounting,
Five frozen ropes;

Four singling bunts,
Three Matt bats,
Two inductees,
And a platinum glove for Yadi.

  1. Catcher Yadier Molina won his third career Platinum Glove Award, honoring the best defensive player in the league.
  2. On July 27, former Cardinal player and manager Joe Torre and former Cardinal manager Tony La Russa were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
  3. Matt Holliday (97 weighted Runs Created), Matt Carpenter (92) and Matt Adams (72) accounted for 40% of the team’s offense in 2014.
  4. The Cardinals’ 4-1 win on May 17 featured four bunt hits, two each by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos. It was only the second time in this century, and the first time since the Detroit Tigers on Sep. 23, 2003, that a team had that many bunt safeties.
  5. Matt Carpenter ripped five hits — three line drives and two ground balls — on June 4, the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick  on Apr. 9, 2009. Carpenter also had a walk to complete a perfect night.
  6. The Cardinals surmounted a six-run deficit against the Brewers on July 12, capped by Matt Holliday‘s game-winning home run in the ninth inning, the team’s fourth of the game. It was their largest comeback since 2007.
  7. Pat Neshek, a non-roster invitee to spring training, made the team and led the pitching staff with a 7.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014.