Posts Tagged ‘Cardinals’

Game 2 of NLCS

October 10, 2011

Following a tense Game 1 of the NLCS, Game 2 will take place today with the Cardinals playing at Milwaukee. The Brewers who are currently ahead 1-0 in the series match-up, look to remain undefeated at home during the postseason. Pitching for St. Louis will be Edwin Jackson, who during his first playoff start had four strikeouts and five hits allowed in six innings against the Phillies. Pitching for the Brewers will be Shaun Marcum who has a ERA of 3.54 in the regular season and a W-L record of 13-7. Click on the graph below to see how the Cardinals’ offense played at Milwaukee during the regular season.

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Final Showdown: Cardinals Versus Phillies

October 7, 2011

With the series tied 2-2, the final game tonight between the Cardinals and the Phillies will decide the both teams’ fates. The teams will return to Citizen’s Bank Park where the scheduled pitchers are Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter. Against the Cardinals, Halladay has an 0-1 record in the regular season, but pitched a winning game against the Cardinals in the post season this year. Carpenter has a 2-0 record against the Phillies in the regular season. Click on the charts to take a closer look at how the pitchers compare.

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Game 3: Phillies at Cardinals

October 4, 2011

With the series tied 1-1, the Phillies will travel to St.Louis in Game 3 of the NLDS playoffs. With the series back at square one, the Cardinals (who many expected to be swept by the Phillies) are standing out as favorites in the series. Not only are the Cardinals headed back to St. Louis for the first time since making it to the postseason, they will have Jaime Garcia pitching for them. During this season’s play, Garcia has held the Phillies to just two runs over 15 innings of play. Scheduled to start for the Phillies is Cole Hamels who is 0-1 against the Cardinals this season. Click on the graph below to check out how the Phillies have played this season at St. Louis.

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Will Albert Pujols Reach .300/30/100 This Year?

September 28, 2011

With St. Louis tied for the NL Wild Card, tonight could very easily be Albert Pujols last game in a Cardinals uniform. For the past 10 seasons Pujols has finished the regular season with a .300 batting average, 30 Home Runs and 100 RBIs. Pujols’ incredible streak is in as much jeopardy as the Cardinals playoff chances as “The Machine” currently has 98 RBIs and his batting average sits at exactly .300. Pujols and the Cardinals final game of the 162 game schedule is against the Astros. Pujols is 15 for 57 (.263) with seven RBIs in 14 games against Houston this season. Can Pujols knock in two Runs tonight and keep his batting average above .300, to yet again reach this amazing benchmark?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Albert Pujols will hit tonight.

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NL Wild Card Race

September 27, 2011

The NL Wild Card race is a close one! With the Cardinals only one game behind the Braves (and the Giants four games behind), the teams will have to play their hardest to make it to the playoffs. The Braves are currently playing the Phillies (at Atlanta) and the Cardinals are taking on the Astros (at Houston). Click on the map below to take a closer look at how these teams have been playing on the respective field.

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Keys to the Game: Cardinals Vs. Astros, September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals have received a gift from the scheduling Gods, as their last three games will be against the Major League’s worst team, the Houston Astros. Even more fortuitous for the Red Birds is that the Braves, who have a one game lead for the NL Wild Card, wrap their season up against baseball best, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals will need another stellar outing from tonight’s starter Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.45 ERA), who hasn’t lost in over a month. However, Garcia has never defeated the Astros, and has 5.51 ERA in three starts against Houston his year. Wandy Rodriguez (11-11, 3.51 ERA) will take the hill for Houston tonight. Rodriguez defeated St. Louis earlier this season, but is 6-11 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 career starts against the Cardinals. Compare Garcia’s and Rodriguez’s numbers this season.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

The Cardinals are 8-4 against the Astros this year and have outscored them 65 to 45. Check out how St. Louis’ and Houston’ offenses stack up.

If the Cardinals can take care of business against the Astros, baseball fans could potentially be treated to one-game playoff between St. Louis and Atlanta for the NL Wild Card.

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NL Wild Card Race

September 22, 2011

It wasn’t too long ago that the Atlanta Braves seemed to have the NL Wild Card race wrapped up; however, the St. Louis Cardinals are making them rethink that. The Cardinals, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, are only one and a half games behind the Braves in the Wild Card Race. As the Braves have been falling apart lately with a struggling offense and pitching rotation, the Cardinals seem to be clicking. The Cardinals will face the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros in their upcoming games. Take a look at how the Cardinals have been playing against their upcoming competitors. Do you think they will surpass the Braves?

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Red Birds Rolling with Pujols Power

September 20, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of stupendous September surge, gaining substantial ground on the recently seemingly unattainable Wild Card. Since August 30th, the Cardinals have gone 14-5 and won an incredible 11 out of 14 games against the Brewers, Braves, and Phillies, the elite of the National League. One of the Cardinals’ catalysts has been the resurgence of All-Star slugger, Albert Pujols. In September, Pujols is bating .394 with 17 RBIs and an OPS of 1.094. Pujols has raised his season batting average to .299 and with his 96 RBIs and 36 Home Runs he is close to achieving the .300 batting average, 30 Home Runs and 100 RBIs benchmark for the 11th season in a row. Only Babe Ruth has more (12) .300/30/100 seasons. The Babe played in the Majors for 22 season, while this is Pujols’ 11th!Check out Pujols’ Suburb September.

Runs Scored (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Pujols’ contract is up at the end of the season and his future in St. Louis is up in the air. Will Pujols’ herculean late-season effort propel the Red Birds pasts the Braves and treat the Cardinal faithful to a possibly final Pujols playoff run?

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Cardinals K.O.’D?

August 30, 2011

10.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals are down for the count.  Milwaukee looks to cap their best month in franchise history (21-5 in August) by permanently sending the Cardinals to their corner.  While the Brewers are 8-4 against the Cardinals this season, the Cardinals big bats of Pujols, Berkman and Halliday have out preformed the Milwaukee trio of Fielder, Braun and Weeks.

RBIs (Blue) & HRs (Orange)

The Brewers will have the advantage on the mound tonight as Milwaukee’s Shawn Marcum (11-4, 3.38 ERA) will face St. Louis’ Edwin Jackson( 10-9, 3.94 ERA).  Check out their 2011 numbers.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Can the Cardinals get off the ropes or will the Brewers all but clinch their first ever NL Central Pennant?

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How Many Home Runs will Albert Pujols Hit from August 29 to September 4?

August 22, 2011

HOME RUNS PER WEEK

STEP 1: Let’s look at the number of Home Runs that Albert Pujols has hit every week this season up to August 19. Home Runs are the orange bars.



Is the overall trend for the number of Home Runs on the rise? The trend is the blue line. His overall average is 1.5 Home Runs per week. Based on 30 Home Runs in 111 games, his average per game is 0.27.

ST. LOUIS’ SCHEDULE

STEP 2: What teams will St. Louis be facing in the week of August 29 to September 4? Are they home or away games? We’ll use this information later on.


HOME RUNS AGAINST OPPONENTS

STEP 3: How did Albert Pujols do for Home Runs against each of the teams he faced? How did he do against the teams he will face in August 29 to September 4?



(Up to August 19)

In 10 games against Milwaukee he had 3 Home Runs for an average of 0.30 per game.
In 12 games against Cincinnati he had 1 Home Run for an average of 0.08 per game.

HOME RUNS IN HOME VS. AWAY GAMES

STEP 4: If we break down Home Runs by home vs. away games, is there a noticeable difference?



In 51 home games, Albert Pujols hit 15 Home Runs for an average of 0.29 Home Runs per game.
In 60 away games, Albert Pujols hit 15 Home Runs for an average of 0.25 Home Runs per game.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for Home Runs for Albert Pujols in August 29 to September 4

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