Jason Getz/Associated Press
Matt Holliday gets a hit in a game against the Braves on May 8.
Offense was never a concern last season. The Cardinals were third in all of baseball (first in the National League) with a .269 team average. They scored the most runs (783), hit the most doubles (322) and recorded the most RBI (745) in the NL.
They were explosive, dominant and consistent.
This season, however, has been a struggle. The Cardinals are underperforming at the plate, which is a big reason for their mediocre record.
They were the best team in baseball when hitting with runners in scoring position last year, but this year is a different story.
Here’s how the Cardinals rank in all of baseball:
- 18th in average (.248)
- 18th in OBP (.304)
- 25th in SLG (.365)
- 22nd in OPS (.677)
Here’s how the Cardinals stack up with runners in scoring position and two outs in all of baseball:
- 15th in average (.211)
- 23rd in OBP (.312)
- 11th in SLG (.345)
- 15th in OPS (.636)
It’s not just one or two players struggling at the plate, it’s the majority of the lineup. I realize the season is a little over a month old, and the sample size is relatively small. After the first month last season, the Cardinals were 15-11. Ironically, the Cardinals were hitting .244 after the first month in 2013.