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The Big Sports Show Presents: 5 SHOCKING Cardinal Stats


The Big Sports Show Presents: 5 SHOCKING Cardinal Stats

Crazy Season Elicits Crazy Numbers

On Tuesday night, The Big Sports Show w/ Jim Heuer and Brendan Wiese, revealed Five Shocking stats from the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals.


Grichuk has not repeated his 2015 breakout campaign, but does have a career high in home runs, and has posted a .950 OPS in the month of September. All this despite getting sent to the minors on two different occasions, and being left to rot on the bench on several other occasions while on the big club.


Most already know the Cardinals’ are not base-stealing team. They haven’t been for quite some time. But their 56% success rate on the bases is DEAD LAST in the Majors. Kolten Wong, a perfect 6/6 on the bases, is the only Cardinal that has any business attempting an SB.


Wainwright has looked like the old Waino, but it much smaller doses in 2016. When he’s been good, he’s been real good, but in his losses, Wainwright has gotten shelled. The bad outings have also been more frequent that at any point in his career. He is still a guy you want on the mound in big spot, but he’s no longer a guy you can just assume 7 IP, 2 ER each and every time out.


It’s surprising that Holliday has missed the amount of time that he has, and still finds himself near the top of many offensive categories. This is especially surprising in a season that Holliday was incredibly streaky when healthy.  Gyorko added his 27th home run last night, but might fall under the 60 RBI total when it’s all said and done. RBI’s are an overrated stat, but they can be an indicator. What it indicates to me? The Cardinals live and die by the home run. But you already knew that, right?


This to me is shocking on a few levels. First, the fact that a team like the Cardinals can be so prolific in the long ball department, after finishing at or near the bottom in that stat for the last few seasons, is shocking enough. But the Cardinals could find themselves leading the NL in home runs hit, and leading the league in home runs allowed by the pitching staff. Only the Mets have allowed fewer. If the Cardinals catch the Mets in home runs allowed, they would be the first team since the 2009 New York Yankees, to lead their respective league in Home Runs and fewest Home Runs allowed.

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By Brendan Wiese

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