Over at Cards Conclave today Doug made a post about who plays and strikeout rates and that got me started. This was supposed to be a simple few paragraphs about why strikeout rate is an overvalued metric of player ability in most cases, but after running across some numbers it became more. The discussion was focused on three players and who should play between Matt Adams, Brandon Moss, and Jeremy Hazelbaker. But since 140 characters makes it difficult to have a discussion…
When Brandon Moss hit the Cardinals’ Major League leading 31st home run of the season in the 5th inning, the question crossed my Twitter feed. How many three run home runs have the Cardinals hit this year? The answer? Nine.
Here are some quick hits about home runs so far this season.
– With this 5th home run in the 20th game of the season, Brandon Moss is currently on pace for 41 home runs. It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?
If we ever needed an example of why most players play through injuries rather than risk a disabled list trip to make sure they’re at 100%, we need to look no further than Ruben Tejada.
Following the injury to Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals signed Ruben Tejada after he was cut by the Mets. The Cardinals optioned Aledmys Diaz to the minors after signing Tejada and Tejada was widely viewed as the team’s starting shortstop. When Tejada got hurt near the end of spring training, it was a good thing for him that Jeremy Hazelbaker got the roster spot instead.
Coming into spring training this year there really wasn’t much of a question about the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff. There were five healthy starting pitchers in Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake, Jaime Garcia, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez ready to contribute. There was Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales likely starting in Memphis waiting for an opportunity. Plus Tyler Lyons in the St. Louis bullpen who could always be stretched out if needed.
We’ve all heard about the other night when the Cardinals launched three pinch hit home runs, courtesy of Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia. Brandon Moss added one of his own in tonight’s game to give the Cardinals four pinch hit home runs on the season. There have only been seven hit in all of baseball this year (Detroit has 2, Colorado has 1).
But here’s a couple quick stats on pinch hit home runs: