Most of the experts like to say that as of Memorial Day, you kind of know who you are as a team. If that’s the case for the 2012 Cardinals, it will be one of the most disappointing years in recent memory. The offense continues to lead the league in just about every offensive category, but the bullpen just cannot get the job done. Even with Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook coming back down to earth, the offense is keeping the team in high scoring games. Yesterday, down 5-0, the offense led the charge to tie the game at 5-5, but the BP once again let it get away, giving up 5 runs in 3 innings.
The Cards offense is not only the best in the NL, it’s the second best in MLB. When you take into account that the AL uses the DH, it’s more than impressive. Here are the stats, listing the AL teams that are in front of the Cards, along with the next best team in the NL.
On the pitching side, the story becomes clearer. For all the talk about the Cards starters not going deep into games, they rank 6th in all of MLB with 314.2 IP. Continuing with the starting pitching, the Nationals lead the NL with a 2.95 ERA. The Cards are 7th with a 3.58 ERA.
Getting to the bullpen, only 5 teams have pitched fewer innings than the Cards. The claim that the BP is overworked is just not true. The Reds lead the NL in bullpen ERA at 2.39. The Cards are 13th with a 4.33. So, the BP is not overworked at all, they’re just not getting the job done.
It really is that simple in 2012. The starters are doing well enough with the offense the Cards have. The bullpen is one of the worst in all of baseball, ranking 25th out of 30 teams with that 4.33 ERA.