Cardinals Power Rankings Roundup: Week 3
Below is a graph of where the Cardinals have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Cardinals this week:
Cardinals ranked 23rd - "The Cardinals are off to their worst start in 20 years. There is plenty of blame to go around: They're getting almost nothing from their outfield, with the lowest OPS by outfielders in the NL, while also rating as the worst defensive outfield in baseball. The bullpen also has been one of the worst in baseball so far. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information"
Cardinals ranked 23rd - "Spring sports in St. Louis, ranked: 1. Grumbling about Matheny. 2. The Blues."
Cardinals ranked 24th - "In a bad way after getting swept by the Yankees. ERA is 29th. They are 26th in runs scored. Fans growing restless with Mike Matheny’s decisions."
Cardinals ranked 20th - "More than a few teams are dealing with struggling relief corps, and that's par for the course at the start of a new season. The Cardinals are toiling on a different level, though.
They enter the week last in the majors in bullpen ERA (7.34) and WHIP (1.78), and they're the only team in baseball that has yet to record a save.
A complete lack of offense hasn't done them any favors, either.
They're hitting just .212 as a team and averaging a meager 3.5 runs per game. Stephen Piscotty (.258 BA, .879 OPS, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is the only regular hitting over .250.
All of that has equated to a minus-22 run differential—tied with the San Diego Padres for worst in baseball.
They'll look to get back on track after dropping series to the Washington Nationals and Yankees, and a pair of division rivals await in the Pirates and Brewers."
Cardinals ranked 19th - "One Nice Thing: Matt Carpenter's bat woke up this past week — he slashed .313/.455/.500 in six games.
One Not-So-Nice Thing: We might be witnessing the end of Adam Wainwright's incredible Cardinals career. He's allowed 21 hits in 8.2 innings this year — an average of .488."