In the 11 games since the All-Star Break, the Cardinals have been treading the fine line of .500 ball, going 5-6 so far. Obviously the pitching has been nearly flawless thus far in the second half, but let’s take a look at which hitters are swinging hot bats in the short time since the break.
Here’s who’s hot: (AVG/OBP/SLG)
David Freese: .429/.590/.643
Matt Holliday: .364/.462/.667
Skip Schumaker: .360/.467/.520
Yadier Molina: .343/.395/.600
Here’s who’s not:
Lance Berkman: .182/.280/.273
I was going to list three other ones here for symmetrical purposes, but it wouldn’t have made sense! Big Puma is the only regular in the Cardinals lineup hitting under .250 since the break. It sure is encouraging to see that no one else has really gotten off to much of a “slow” going in the second half besides Berkman, and his stats are very understandable, given his recent return from the disabled list. It’s a small sample size, sure, but let’s hope the overall success of Cardinals hitters so far in mid-July is an omen of what’s to come for the stretch drive.