Quick Hits: Staff ERA by Shortstop

Jumping off of my discussion in the Mike Leake article from last week about his ERA based on who was his shortstop, I decided that it might be worthwhile running it for everyone. What I found was a little disappointing, because after all that time, I’m not sure I found anything worth discussion. But since I took the time, I figured I’d put it out here.

There’s some shortcomings to this concept. Most importantly is that the shortstop does not always get involved in rough games. For example, you have games like Greg Garcia did on May 29th where he played the whole game and only notched one defensive chance while the Cardinals allowed 10 earned runs.

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Quick Hits: Leake is actually having a career year

If you’re like me, I was really excited at the prospect of bringing in Mike Leake. As I wrote last winter, my expectations for Leake were high because he’s a ground ball pitcher who is coming from one of baseball’s hitter’s paradises to one of the most pitcher friendly ballparks in the league. That should have meant the potential for a career year.

And he’s had it. The results just haven’t shown it.

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Quick Hits: Why don’t postseason stats count?

Last Friday, Mark Teixeira announced that he was retiring from baseball after the season. The 36 year old first baseman has battled injuries the past few seasons and while he was interested in playing, those injuries likely pushed him towards calling it quits.

But Elias Sports, courtesy of ESPN Stats, pointed out an interesting statistic about Teixeira that adds color to a point I made weeks ago about postseason stats in my discussion about Pete Rose and Ichiro Suzuki’s hit totals.

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Quick Hits: Unearned run differential

So we’ve all talked about the poor Cardinals’ defense this season and how it’s impacted our win totals. Today out of curiosity after learning that Tommy Pham reached based on an error and didn’t score, I decided to check and see what the Cardinals’ unearned run differential was. The idea basically to find out whether they’re giving away runs at a greater pace than other teams are giving them to them. And what I found surprised me.

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Quick Hits: Cardinals All Stars

The MLB All Star Game will be played tomorrow night and, for the first time since the 2007 season and just the fifth time in the last 20 seasons, the Cardinals will not have a player starting the All Star Game.

Matt Carpenter had been the team’s chosen representative before he was injured last week and replaced by Aledmys Diaz. Diaz though is very worthy successor, batting .315 with 13 HR this year and, with a 141 OPS+, is the Cardinals’ second best hitter behind Carpenter.

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