St. Louis Cardinals: 4 Ways to Fix STL's Shortcomings in the Clutch

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St. Louis Cardinals: 4 Ways to Fix STL's Shortcomings in the Clutch
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Lance Berkman is one of several key Cardinal bats failing to produce with runners in scoring position.

Failing to produce key hits with runners in scoring position is sending the St. Louis Cardinals in the wrong direction in the National League Central standings.

Cardinal pitching led all major league teams with a 2.70 ERA during the month of July, but the team only fell farther behind the division leading Cincinnati Reds.

It's not like St. Louis doesn't score runs. The team's total of 119 runs in July was its worst of the year, but still ranked seventh in the National League. The Cardinals are now tied with the Texas Rangers for the most runs produced (518) in the majors and tout an MLB leading +102 run differential—which should put them in a tie for first place at 63-41 instead of seven games back at 55-48, according to Baseball Reference.

The discrepancy between production and record comes in the clutch. Here are the numbers to prove it and a list of ways to fix it.

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