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Statcast introduces Outs Above Average; how do the Cardinals rank?

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs On Thursday, Statcast unveiled a new defensive metric: outs above average. Essentially, they use catch probability to determine the “expected” number of plays the average outfielder would have made given set of opportunities, and compare it to how many plays that given outfielder actually made. It’s really a

The Cardinals three-hitter struggles and Dexter Fowler

St. Louis Cardinals three-hitter

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs If you’re looking for reasons why the Cardinals offense has struggled, you could point in almost any direction and be right. Today, I’m pointing at the three-hole in the lineup. Then, since Dexter Fowler has taken 21 of his 22 plate appearances in the three-hole since returning from

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast

St. Louis Cardinals baserunning

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs Yesterday, I examined the Cardinals baserunning talent using Statcast’s new sprint speed metric. We found that the Cardinals actually have six of ten qualified players with an above average sprint speed. However, we also found that every Cardinals player save Yadier Molina is slower this year than last.

Statcast sprint speed: how do the Cardinals stack up?

St. Louis Cardinals sprint speed

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs This morning, Statcast released a new metric which tracks baserunner sprint speed. You can read more about the metric here, courtesy of Mike Petriello. To measure sprint speed, the Statcast team measures the fastest one second window during a player’s “competitive” run and reports that speed in feet per

What should the Cardinals do with Randal Grichuk?

Cardinals, Grichuk

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs Randal Grichuk is making his way back to St. Louis Sunday, according to a report by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After spending close to a month refining his game in the minors, Grichuk boasts a batting line flush with evidence of his power potential–.273/.324/.621. Grichuk has

The Cardinals StatCap #2

St. Louis Cardinals StatCap

photo by @cardinalsgifs The Cardinals played some really bad baseball this week, going 2-5 since Memorial Day. Bad news: they dropped two games below .500 and are now third in the division. Good news: their next 11 games are against the Reds (4), Phillies (3), and Brewers (4). Now’s the time

What’s wrong with the Cardinals offense?

St. Louis Cardinals offense

photo by @cardinalsgifs Two months into the 2017 season, and the St. Louis Cardinals offense has failed to live up to expectations. Dan Buffa of KSDK eloquently hit on the offensive struggles a few days ago, and my Intrepid STL colleague Brenden Schaeffer discussed how the offensive blueprint hasn’t materialized. The