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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

What can Cardinals fans expect from Alex Mejia?

This last week the St. Louis Cardinals promoted a not-very-well-known infielder to the major league roster, Alex Mejia. The move was made when the club decided to send shortstop Aledmys Diaz to Memphis for a reset similar to that of Randal Grichuk or Kolten Wong last year. As I did with

CardsCards: Phaces of Phailure with Tommy Pham

Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs I haven't exactly been excited a whole lot this 2017 season. I mean, sometimes I'm excited, like I'm excited when the Cardinals are getting blown out early, and I know that I can do something different with my night. I'm excited for off days, because I'm not subject to

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 #3

Cardinals StatCap

photo by @cardinalsgifs Last week, I thought the Cardinals were going to get back on track. Instead, they played four games against the Reds and lost them all, but then three against the Phillies and won them all. I’m still not sure what to make of this team, but the most

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

The Cardinals StatCap #1

St. Louis Cardinals

photo by @cardinalsgifs Welcome to the season premiere of The StatCap, where I’ll review the past week in St. Louis Cardinals baseball with quick hit analysis and notes through a Statcast and Pitchf/x lens. The StatCap will be run weekly, sometimes more if the St. Louis Cardinals play enough good baseball.

Randal Grichuk’s swing has massive holes

Randal Grichuk St. Louis Cardinals

photo by @cardinalsgifs Through nearly two months in his first campaign as a full-time left fielder, Randal Grichuk has been terrible. Through May 23rd, Grichuk has been worth negative 0.2 WAR, meaning he’s performed worse than you’d expect from “a player that would cost you nothing but the league minimum salary to

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