2010 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2010 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 86–76 (.531)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr., Fred Hanser
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television FSN Midwest
(Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky)
KSDK (NBC 5)
(Jay Randolph, Rick Horton)
Local radio KTRS
(Mike Shannon, John Rooney)
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The St. Louis Cardinals' 2010 season was the 129th season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri and the 119th season in the National League. The Cardinals began their season on the road against the Cincinnati Reds on April 5. St. Louis was coming off a 91-71 (.562) season and first place in the NL Central, followed by a quick playoff exit when they were swept in the NLDS versus Los Angeles. In 2010, however, the Cardinals fell back to the same record of 2008 (86-76), finishing second in the NL Central to the Reds by five games.

Offseason departures and acquisitions[edit]

Management[edit]

On October 26, 2009, Tony La Russa agreed to come back for a 15th season as manager of the Cardinals, thus extending his record for longest-serving manager in Cardinal history. Pitching coach and long-time LaRussa partner Dave Duncan, who earlier in 2009 had expressed displeasure with the franchise after his son Chris was traded, also agreed to return. However, hitting coach Hal McRae was fired after five seasons with the Cardinals and replaced with former Cardinal and former home run champion Mark McGwire. McGwire's hiring as hitting coach marked the slugger's first job in baseball since his retirement eight years prior. It was also his return to the public eye following his implication as a steroids user in Jose Canseco's book and his controversial 2005 appearance at the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's inquiry into the steroid scandal.[1]

Hitters[edit]

The Cardinals announced on November 30 that backup catcher Jason LaRue was signed to a third season. It was LaRue's third straight one-year deal with St. Louis.[2]

Mark DeRosa, acquired from the Indians via an in-season trade in 2009, left St. Louis via free agency, signing with the San Francisco Giants on Dec. 28.[3] Troy Glaus, who hit 27 home runs as the third baseman for the 2008 Cardinals but was limited to 29 at-bats at the end of 2009 due to a shoulder injury, signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves on Jan 5 after passing a physical.[4] Rick Ankiel, who started 2009 as the everyday center fielder but lost his starting job and struggled to a .285 OBP for the season, signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals on Jan. 21.[5] The same day, Khalil Greene, who started 2009 as the everyday shortstop for St. Louis but was sidelined with social anxiety disorder, signed a one-year deal to be a utility infielder for the Texas Rangers.[6]

On Jan 7 the Cardinals announced that they had signed their 2009 trade deadline acquisition, left fielder Matt Holliday, to a seven-year $120 mil. deal with the Cardinals.[7] It is the largest contract in club history, surpassing Albert Pujols seven-year $100 mil. deal in 2004.[8] The contract includes a full no-trade clause, an average $17.0M per year salary through 2016, and a $17M vesting option for 2017 which will occur if he makes the Top 10 in the 2016 MVP voting. The buyout on the vesting option is $1M, making the total contract worth $120M.[7] His uniform number changes from 15 to 7.[9]

On Feb 27 the Cardinals completed a one-year deal with infielder Felipe López. Lopez, who hit .385 in a two-month stint with the 2008 Cardinals, was anticipated to fill a utility role.[10] The acquisition of Lopez led the Cardinals to deal their other utility infielder, Julio Lugo, to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later.[11]

Pitchers[edit]

On Nov 4 St. Louis released Brad Thompson, who made his debut for the Cardinals in 2005 and was one of only six players remaining from the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals.[12] Starting pitcher Joel Piñeiro, who had a career year for the 2009 Cardinals (3.49 ERA, 1.145 WHIP), capitalized by signing with the Anaheim Angels for two years and $16 million on Jan. 20.[13] Starter Todd Wellemeyer, who struggled badly for the 2009 Cardinals, signed a minor-league deal with the Giants in February.[14]

On December 8 the Cardinals announced the finalization of a deal to sign Brad Penny, who spent 2009 as a starter for the Red Sox and Giants, to a one-year deal for $7.5 million with an additional $1.5 million in incentives.[15][16]

Spring training[edit]

The Cardinals were 15-14 (.517) in 2010 compared to 19-12-2 (.613) [Team BA: .290; Team ERA: 4.35] in 2009's spring exhibitions. Attendance at Roger Dean Stadium was 96,910 for 14 games, averaging 6,922 per game.[17]

Jaime García, a Cardinal draft pick who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008 after a cup of coffee with the big-league club, won the fifth-starter role in spring training.[18] David Freese won the starting job at third base.[19] Allen Craig, Joe Mather and Nick Stavinoha filled out the Cardinal bench. On March 24, Yadier Molina suffered a right oblique muscle strain sliding into second base. Molina, batting .314 (11-for-35) at the time of his injury, missed the rest of spring training[20] but was ready for Opening Day.[21]

Regular season[edit]

April[edit]

The Cardinals opened 2010 on April 5, on the road at Cincinnati. St. Louis won 11-6 on six effective innings from Chris Carpenter. Albert Pujols had two home runs. Colby Rasmus had a home run, and robbed Scott Rolen of a home run. Yadier Molina hit a grand slam home run, and became only the third Cardinals ever to do so on opening day. The other two Cardinals to ever do so, Mark McGwire and Scott Rolen, were also in attendance.[22] In the home opener on April 12, St. Louis beat Houston 5-0 behind a three-run home run from Pujols and eight shutout innings from Adam Wainwright.[23]

Jason LaRue became the first Cardinal to go on the disabled list on April 14, after suffering a strained hamstring. Bryan Anderson was called up from the minors to replace him on the roster.[24]

On April 17 the Cardinals and Mets played a memorable game at Busch Stadium lasting 20 innings. The game lasted 6 hours and 53 minutes, ending with a 2-1 Mets' victory. This was only the 42nd game in baseball history that lasted as long as 20 innings.[25] Backup outfielder Joe Mather took the loss after pitching and giving up a run in the 19th and 20th, after utility infielder Felipe López pitched a scoreless 18th. The Mets left 13 on-base, while the Cardinals stranded 22.[26][27][28]

Lopez went on the DL on April 26. He had been suffering from elbow discomfort since April 11 but did not report the issue until two days after he pitched an inning against the Mets on April 17. Concurrent with Lopez's trip to the DL, the Cardinals sent Allen Craig to Memphis, recalled infielder Tyler Greene, and called up for his big-league debut Jon Jay, their second pick in the 2006 draft.[29]

Buoyed by excellent pitching from 4/5 of their starting rotation (Lohse's 6.55 ERA for April made him the only Cardinal starter who didn't come in under 3.50 for the month), the Cardinals only lost one series in all of April, and they finished the month at 15-8, and in first place in the Central Division.

May[edit]

Cardinals at Padres, May 25

The Cardinals fell into a severe slump in early May. St. Louis lost 3 of 4 on the road to the East-leading Phillies, then, after taking two of three from Pittsburgh, returned home and were swept in three games by the Houston Astros, who were the worst team in the league prior to the series.[30] A victory against the Reds with first place on the line included a two-run homer by Pujols, snapping a nine-game team homerless streak. However, subsequent losses to the Reds on May 15 and 16 knocked the Cardinals out of first place for the first time all season.

On May 17, Felipe López came off the DL and entered the starting lineup at shortstop. Brendan Ryan was demoted to a utility role due to a season-long slump that saw his average slide to .162 at the time he lost the starting job.[31] In another effort to kickstart a stagnating offense on that same day, manager LaRussa switched Pujols and Matt Holliday in the lineup, with Holliday batting third and Pujols fourth. It was the first time Pujols had hit somewhere other than third in the lineup since May 30, 2003, but the change was short-lived, lasting only five days.

Brad Penny hit a grand slam in the third inning that proved decisive in St. Louis's 9-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels on May 21—but suffered a strained lat muscle in his back, apparently on the swing, and left the game immediately.[32] The next day he went on the DL, and P. J. Walters was called up to take his place.[33] St. Louis lost a second starting pitcher five days after Penny, when Kyle Lohse went to the DL on May 27 (retroactive to May 23), after being diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome in his right (pitching) arm. Fernando Salas was called up from Memphis to replace Lohse on the roster.[34] Shortly thereafter further roster moves resulted in the demotion of Joe Mather and Salas, and the promotion of two pitchers making their major league debuts: former Cardinals first-round draft pick Adam Ottavino and minor-league veteran Evan MacLane.[35] The roster shuffling continued on May 31, when MacLane was sent back down without appearing in a game and Allen Craig was recalled.[36]

The Cardinals offense continued to stall. On May 25 and 26 St. Louis lost consecutive games in San Diego by scores of 1-0 and 2-1. Both games were decided on home runs by Jerry Hairston, Jr., who had zero home runs in 2010 entering the series. An 8-3 Cardinal victory on May 27 in the third game of the series featured Pujols' first home run since May 14 and only his second of the month.[37] Three days later, on May 30, Pujols exploded out of his power slump by hitting three home runs in a 9-1 victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field. It was the fourth three-homer game of his career and his first since 2006.[38][39]

The suddenly surging Cardinal offense delivered a 12-4 victory over the Reds on May 31 that gave St. Louis a winning record for May (15-14) and put the Cardinals back into a first-place tie with Cincinnati.

June[edit]

On June 1, the Cardinals promoted Aaron Miles from Memphis and sent Allen Craig down.[40] Miles, who played for St. Louis from 2006 through 2008, and was a member of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals, signed a minor-league contract with St. Louis in the spring. Further bench maneuvering took place on June 5, when the Cardinals signed veteran outfielder Randy Winn, recently designated for assignment by the Yankees. Jon Jay was sent back down to Memphis to make room, and pitcher Kyle Lohse was sent to the 60-day DL.[41]

Adam Wainwright threw a complete game two-hitter on June 4, and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0, retaking sole possession of first place. It was the first shutout of Wainwright's career.[42]

Jason Motte's outing on June 6, in which he took the loss in a 5-4, 10-inning defeat by the Brewers, snapped his streak of 32 consecutive batters retired. Motte was nine batters shy of the reliever record of 41 straight set by Bobby Jenks.,[43] and 13 shy of the major league record of 45 set by Mark Buehrle.

Seeking to shore up a rotation with gaping holes in the back end after the loss of Penny and Lohse, St. Louis acquired pitcher Jeff Suppan, a veteran of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals and the MVP of the 2006 NLCS.[44] Suppan, increasingly ineffective since he left St. Louis for the Milwaukee Brewers following the World Series victory, had an ERA of 7.84 when he was released by the Brewers in early June.[45]

On June 30, Albert Pujols had his 37th career multihomer game at Busch Stadium tying Stan Musial's franchise record by a Cardinals' player.[46]

David Freese went on the DL on June 30 with a bone bruise on his ankle. Freese suffered the injury on June 5 and had been playing in pain all month.[47] The Cardinals, slowed by nagging injuries to Freese and Ludwick, plagued by poor performances from the back end of their rotation, and further weighed down by the season-long slumps of Ryan, Schumaker and Molina, treaded water in June, going 13-13 to finish the month at 43-35.

July[edit]

On July 3, Ryan Ludwick went on the DL after he aggravated a prior left calf strain while exercising on a treadmill, and outfielder Jon Jay was recalled to take his place.[48]

MLB announced rosters for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 4, and five Cardinals made the NL team. Albert Pujols led the National League in votes.[49] Yadier Molina was voted starting catcher for the NL squad despite having one of the worst seasons of his career, with a .229 batting average on the day the rosters were announced. Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright were named to the pitching staff, and Matt Holliday was selected as a reserve.[50] In the game, played in Anaheim on July 13, Pujols was 0-for-2, Molina was 1-for-1 with a single, Holliday singled and scored, Wainwright pitched a scoreless seventh, but Carpenter was held back in reserve and did not pitch. Holliday scored on a three-run double by the Braves' Brian McCann that won the All-Star Game, 3-1, giving the National League their first win since the 1996.

On July 6, in Colorado, the Cardinals suffered one of the worst ninth-inning collapses in franchise history. Leading 9-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin combined to give up nine runs to the Rockies, with Seth Smith's three-run walk-off homer capping an amazing 12-9 Colorado victory. It was the first time in 51 years that the Cardinals allowed nine runs in the ninth inning, and the first time St. Louis lost a game it led by seven runs or more since 1998.[51] It also was the first time all season the Cardinals lost a game when they were leading after eight innings. Previously, they were a perfect 38-0. The next night, the Cardinals followed up that collapse by blowing leads of 5-0 and 7-4, losing to the Rockies 8-7 on another walk-off homer, this one by Chris Iannetta.[52] After the Rockies completed a three-game sweep the next day, the Cardinals traveled to Houston and took two of three to go into the All-Star Break with a 47-41 record, one game behind the first-place Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis won its last game before the break against Houston (Jul. 11), then came out and won seven in a row against the Dodgers and Phillies (Jul. 15–21) before losing the last home game in that stand 2-0 in 11 inn. The eight-game win streak was the longest by the Cardinals since the 105-win NL champions of 2004 won nine in a row.[53] The Cardinals vaulted past Cincinnati and back into first place in the NL Central Division by 1½ games.

Ryan Ludwick was activated from the DL on July 24, after having missed a month due to his calf injury.[54] One week later, on July 31, Ludwick was traded at the non-waiver deadline to the San Diego Padres as part of a three-way deal. The Cardinals received minor league left-hand pitcher Nick Greenwood from the Padres and coveted starting pitcher Jake Westbrook from Cleveland along with cash considerations. Minor-league pitcher Corey Kluber went from the Padres to the Indians to complete the deal.[55]

The Cardinals went 15-11 in July, their best month since April, and ended the month at 58-46 and a half-game ahead of the persistent Reds in the NL Central.

August[edit]

On August 3, David Freese, the everyday third baseman who missed more than a month after an ankle injury, re-injured the ankle and was sidelined for the rest of the year.[56] More bad news came the next day, when key reliever Jason Motte was placed on the DL with a right shoulder sprain.[57] Freese underwent reconstructive surgery on his right ankle the day after that, and will need six months of rehabilitation, leaving him uncertain for spring training in February 2011.[58]

On Aug 6, Adam Wainwright pitched one of the best games of his career, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout to beat the Marlins, 7-0. Pujols hit his 28th home run (a 3-run shot) in the first inning, then added a fourth RBI later to grab the NL RBI lead with 82. The victory upped Wainwright's record to 16-6 (second in NL), and dropped his ERA to 2.07 (second in NL).[59]

On August 10, the Cardinals and Reds had a nasty brawl at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. One day after Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips proclaimed "I really hate the Cardinals", Phillips and Yadier Molina had an argument at home plate that escalated into a bench-clearing brawl.[60] Jason LaRue suffered a severe concussion after being kicked in the face by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, leading the Cardinals to call up minor-league catcher Steven Hill for his big-league debut. Jeff Suppan was placed on the DL with groin soreness unrelated to the brawl.[61] The Cardinals swept the Reds in three games, dealing Cincinnati its first series loss since the All-Star Break[61] and retaking sole possession of first place in the NL Central. In the third game, Wainwright held the Reds to two hits over seven shutout innings, dropping his ERA to 1.99.[62] LaRue, still suffering from his concussion, was sent to the DL on the 13th.[63]

Suspensions and fines for the brawl were announced on Aug. 12. Managers Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa each received two-game suspensions, and the Reds' pitcher Johnny Cueto was suspended for seven games, with Molina and Carpenter of the Cardinals fined along with the Reds' Brandon Phillips and Russ Springer. Bench coach Joe Pettini will be the acting manager.[64]

Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse came off the DL almost three months after undergoing right forearm surgery to pitch the August 15 matchup against the Cubs.[65] He pitched as poorly in that game as he did in April and May, and the Cardinals lost 9-7 to the Cubs.[66] In that same game, Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run, extending his own major league record by hitting 30 or more home runs in 10 consecutive seasons starting with his rookie year.[67]

After Freese's season-ending injury and a horrific slump by substitute 3b Felipe López, who was batting .165 since July 22,[68] the Cardinals acquired Pedro Feliz from the Houston Astros on Aug. 19. The Cardinals also received cash considerations while the Astros received minor-league pitcher David Carpenter. Feliz was hitting .221 at the time of the trade. To make room on the roster, Jason LaRue was moved to the 60-day DL, officially ending his 2010 season except for the possibility of post-season play.[69]

The team suffered badly after their big sweep of Cincinnati (Aug. 9–11) with a season-high five-game losing streak that dropped them to 4½ games behind the Reds for the NL Central title, and three games behind the Phillies in the wild-card race.[70] On August 26, Albert Pujols hit his 400th career home run in Washington, becoming the third-youngest player to reach that milestone.[71] Unfortunately, it came as part of an agonizing 11-10 extra inning defeat to the Nationals, one in which St. Louis blew a 5-3 lead, scored four in the ninth to go ahead 10-8, then blew that lead when closer Ryan Franklin gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Cardinals slipped to a ghastly 5-12 after the sweep of Cincinnati for the remainder of the month, with 11 of those losses coming to teams with losing records (the Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Nationals, and Astros).[72]

September[edit]

The Cardinals announced on September 1 that the team's new broadcasting station in 2011 will be a familiar one: KMOX, giving up on KTRS weak 5,000-watt reach for KMOX's 50,000-watt clear channel. Missouri native and longtime Chicago White Sox announcer John Rooney joined Shannon in the broadcast booth in the inaugural season with the new station.[73] The team will presently keep its 50% ownership in KTRS, unless a good offer is made.

On September 1, the disastrous road trip concluded with a 5-2 loss at Houston for another losing streak of five games, the second time in the past 16 games played, tying their longest losing streak of the season. The 2-8 road trip dropped them 8 games behind Cincinnati,[74] and 5 games out of the wild card.[75] It was part of a pattern in which the Cardinals, who were in first place after sweeping the Reds in August and looking towards a schedule filled with bad teams, choked away the Central Division by showing an utter inability to beat those bad teams. Between the Cubs series on August 13, which immediately followed the sweep of Cincinnati, and a series against the Pirates that ended on September 23, St. Louis played eight series against teams with losing records, and lost all of them. During this stretch the Cardinals also played their last series of the season against Cincinnati. St. Louis took two of three at home but the Reds remained far ahead in the NL Central.

On September 11, Albert Pujols reached 100 RBIs for the 10th consecutive year and drove in all three runs giving him 102 for the season, but the team lost in extra innings 6-3 at Atlanta. Only Al Simmons has a longer streak at the beginning of a career, 11 years (1924-1934). Pujols joins Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Alex Rodriguez in having 10 consecutive seasons of 100+ RBIs at any time in their career. Only two other players have 10 consecutive years of 30 HRs and 100 RBIs at any time in their careers: Foxx and Rodriguez.[76]

On September 19, catcher Jason LaRue, still suffering from the severe concussion he received on August 10 when Cueto kicked him in the head numerous times, announced his retirement from baseball effective at the end of the season.[77] Another player departed two days later, when infielder Felipe López was given his unconditional release. The cited cause was repeated tardiness.[78]

On September 23, catcher Yadier Molina was ruled out for the remainder of the season because of continuing soreness in his right knee after an examination in St. Louis.[79] Pitcher Jaime García joined Molina on the shelf when the Cardinals decided he would sit out the remainder of the season, citing his Tommy John arm surgery (in September 2008) and heavy 2010 workload. Garcia led all rookie pitchers with 13 wins, and posted the fourth-best (2.70) ERA in the NL,[80]

One bit of good news penetrated the Cardinals' terrible month: Adam Wainwright won his 20th game on September 24.[81] After a strained muscle led the Cardinals to sit Wainwright for his last scheduled start, he finished at 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA.[82] Four days after Wainwright's 20th victory, on September 28, St. Louis was eliminated from playoff contention.[83] After it no longer mattered, the Cardinals won 9 of their last 11 games to finish 86-76. At season's end, Pujols became the second player in the last sixty years (the first was Hank Aaron), to lead the National League in runs, home runs, and runs batted in, and not be named Most Valuable Player.[84]

Despite their lower finish in the standings, the team drew 3,300,218 fans, the seventh consecutive year over 3 million and sixth over 3.3 million. Only three other teams drew more.

Season standings[edit]

NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 91 71 .562 49–32 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 5 52–29 34–47
Milwaukee Brewers 77 85 .475 14 40–41 37–44
Houston Astros 76 86 .469 15 42–39 34–47
Chicago Cubs 75 87 .463 16 35–46 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 105 .352 34 40–41 17–64


MLB Standings

Game log[edit]

Regular Season Schedule (calendar style)
Regular Season Schedule (sortable text)
All game times are in Central Time Zone.

Legend
Cardinals WIN Cardinals LOSS Game POSTPONED
2010 Game Log

Record vs. opponents[edit]

(through October 3)

Team W-L Record
Arizona Diamondbacks 5–4 (0)
Atlanta Braves 6–2 (0)
Chicago Cubs 6–9 (0)
Cincinnati Reds 12–6 (0)
Colorado Rockies 4–3 (0)
Florida Marlins 2–3 (0)
Houston Astros 5–10 (0)
Kansas City Royals 1–2 (0)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2–1 (0)
Los Angeles Dodgers 4–3 (0)
Milwaukee Brewers 7–8 (0)
New York Mets 3–3 (0)
Oakland Athletics 2–1 (0)
Philadelphia Phillies 4–4 (0)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9–6 (0)
San Diego Padres 4–3 (0)
San Francisco Giants 3–3 (0)
Seattle Mariners 2–1 (0)
Toronto Blue Jays 2–1 (0)
Washington Nationals 3–3 (0)

Bold indicates that the Cardinals have finished their season schedule with an opponent.

Roster[edit]

2010 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Players[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B= Doubles; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Walks; Avg. = Batting Average; OBP = On-base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

(through October 3)

Cardinals HITTING statistics
Sortable TEAM HITTING statistics

Player G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBP SLG
Albert Pujols 159 587 115 183 39 42 118 103 76 .312 (.3118) .414 .596
Matt Holliday 158 596 95 186 45 28 103 69 93 .312 (.3121) .390 .532
Skip Schumaker 137 476 66 126 18 5 42 43 64 .265 .328 .338
Yadier Molina ( -9/21) 136 465 34 122 19 6 62 42 51 .262 .329 .342
Colby Rasmus 144 464 85 128 28 23 66 63 148 .276 .361 .498
Brendan Ryan 139 439 50 98 19 2 36 33 60 .223 .279 .294
Felipe López ( -9/18) 109 376 50 87 18 7 36 43 77 .231 .310 .340
Jon Jay 105 287 47 86 19 4 27 24 50 .300 .359 .422
Ryan Ludwick (4/5-7/30) ^ 77 281 44 79 20 11 43 24 64 .281 .343 .484
David Freese (4/5-6/27) † 70 240 28 71 12 4 36 21 59 .296 .361 .404
Randy Winn 87 144 16 36 8 3 17 13 22 .250 .311 .382
Aaron Miles 79 139 14 39 5 0 9 6 14 .281 .311 .317
Nick Stavinoha 79 121 11 31 4 2 9 4 28 .256 .286 .339
Pedro Feliz (8/20- ) 40 120 14 25 0 1 9 4 10 .208 .232 .250
Allen Craig 44 114 12 28 7 4 18 9 26 .246 .298 .412
Tyler Greene 44 104 14 23 3 2 10 13 24 .221 .328 .327
Adam Wainwright (P) 36 84 4 14 5 0 6 7 23 .167 .231 .226
Chris Carpenter (P) 34 72 2 8 0 1 4 1 25 .111 .135 .153
Joe Mather 36 60 7 13 4 0 3 2 11 .217 .242 .283
Jason LaRue 29 56 3 11 1 2 5 5 7 .196 .274 .321
Jaime García (P) 29 54 8 10 1 0 2 2 13 .185 .214 .204
Matt Pagnozzi 15 39 4 14 2 1 10 2 8 .359 .405 .487
TEAM TOTALS 162 5,542 736 1,456 285 150 689 541 1,027 .263 .332 .402

* Currently not on active roster
† on 15-day disabled or rehab list
^ Traded away from Cardinals

BOLD = Led NL

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Loss; ERA = Earned Run Average; WHIP = (Walks + Hits) per Innings Pitched; HBP = Hit by Pitch; BF = Batters faced; O-AVG = Opponent Batting Ave.; O-SLG = Opponent Slugging Ave.; R support avg = Average Runs support from his team per Games Started

(through October 3)

Cardinals PITCHING statistics

Sortable TEAM PITCHING Statistics

Player GS IP W L ERA H HR BB SO WHIP HBP BF O-AVG O-SLG R support avg
Chris Carpenter 35 235.0 16 9 3.22 214 21 63 179 1.18 13 969 .244 .377 4.7
Adam Wainwright ( - 9/24) 33 230.1 20 11 2.42 186 15 56 213 1.05 4 910 .224 .330 4.8
Jaime García ( - 9/13) 28 163.1 13 8 2.70 151 9 64 132 1.32 3 695 .243 .323 4.5
Kyle Lohse 18 92.0 4 8 6.55 129 10 35 54 1.78 3 431 .336 .516 5.7
Jake Westbrook (8/2 - ) 12 75.0 4 4 3.48 70 5 24 55 1.25 2 317 .242 .339 3.8
Jeff Suppan 13 67.2 3 6 3.72 76 9 24 32 1.48 1 291 .291 .456 3.8
Brad Penny (†† 5/22) 9 55.2 3 4 3.23 63 4 9 35 1.29 3 232 .293 .414 2.8
Blake Hawksworth 8 41.2 3 4 5.83 54 6 21 28 1.80 0 192 .321 .482 4.5
Adam Ottavino 3 14.1 0 2 7.53 19 4 8 9 1.88 0   69 .317 .667 2.3
P. J. Walters 3 16.0 2 0 3.94 15 3 4 11 1.19 0   66 .246 .410 6.7
STARTER TOTALS 162 991.0 68 56 3.50 977 86 308 748 1.30 29 4,172 .259 .386 4.5
TEAM TOTALS 162 1,453.2 86 76 3.57 1,412 133 477 1,094 1.30 48 6,137 .256 .387 641
R allowed

* not on active roster
† on 15-day disabled list
†† on 60-day disabled list

Bold = leading NL


Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: IP = Innings Pitched; ERA = Earned Run Average; WHIP = (Walks + Hits) per Innings Pitched

(through Oct. 3)

18-20, 3.73 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 462.2 IP, 435 H, 201 R, 192 ER, 169 BB, 346 SO, 48 HR
Saves/Opp: 32/42 (76%)   1st Batter / Retired: 304/455 (67%)
Holds: 70                         Inherited Runners/Scored: 65/204 (32%) [85][86]


(through Oct. 3)
Games lost by bullpen: 20   Hawksworth (4), McClellan (4), Boggs (3), Motte (2), Franklin (2), Mather (1), Reyes (1), Miller (1), MacLane (1), MacDougal (1)


Blown Saves by bullpen: 19   Franklin (6), McClellan (4), Motte (4), Miller (2), Perez (1), Kinney (1), Salas (1)

Scoring by inning[edit]

(through October 3)

INNING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 19 20 TOTAL
CARDINALS 113 55 76 85 102 79 80 71 68 1 4 1 1 1 0 736
OPPONENTS 73 61 92 81 76 57 65 74 50 3 2 3 2 1 0 641

Cardinals Record When[edit]

(through October 3)

Home  52-29 (.642)
Away   34-47 (.420)

Scoring first       64-21
Opp. scores first 22-55

Scoring more than 3 runs   77-20
      Scoring 3 runs              3-10
Scoring fewer than 3 runs   6-46

Leading after 7 innings     72-3
      Tied after 7 innings     10-7
Trailing after 7 innings       4-66

Leading after 8 innings   74-1
      Tied after 8 innings   9-6
Trailing after 8 innings    3-69

Blown Saves by bullpen:  19
Games lost by bullpen:    20

In errorless games   51-39
Extra innings             6-8
Shutouts                 16-13

One-run games       20-23

Out-hit opponents         64-19
Same hits as opponents 8-4
Out-hit by opponents    14-53

Runs via HR          248 (33.7% of total)
Opp. Runs via HR  204 (31.8% of total)

By Day

Mon. 14-5
Tue.   7-16
Wed. 11-14
Thu.   8-10
Fri.   20-6
Sat.   9-17
Sun. 17-8

By Opponent
DIVISION
                HOME ROAD TOTAL

NL Central 19-20  20-19  39-39
NL East     12-3     6-12  18-15
NL West    15-3     5-13  20-16
AL East      0-0     2-1     2-1
AL Central  0-0     1-2     1-2
AL West     6-3     0-0     6-3

TOTALS   52-29  34-47  86-76
(Interleague 9-7)

Busch Stadium (Indexes)[edit]

(through October 3,   86-76)

2010   (100 = Neutral Park, > 100 Ballpark favors, < 100 Ballpark inhibits)
  81 HOME G; Cardinals: 2,686 AB;  Opponents: 2,780 AB
  81 AWAY G: Cardinals: 2,856 AB;  Opponents: 2,726 AB

BA 98   R 94   HR 77   H 96   2B 95  

(Cardinals batting: HOME .270   ROAD .256   OVERALL .263)
(Opponents batting: at StL .243   on ROAD .270   OVERALL .256)

2008–2010 Index (3-yr. composite)

HOME 243 G; Cardinals: 8,071 AB;   Opponents: 8,417 AB

BA 98   R 93   H 97   2B 93   3B 89   HR 82   BB 104   SO 98   E 107   E-inf. 110   LHB-BA 98   LHB-HR 91   RHB-BA 98   RHB-HR 77

BA-Home     .273     BA-Road     .265   (.268 overall)
Opp.-Busch  .253     Opp.-Road  .270  [87]


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League Chris Maloney
AA Springfield Cardinals Texas League Ron Warner
A Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League Luis Aguayo
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Johnny Rodríguez
Short-Season A Batavia Muckdogs New York–Penn League Dann Bilardello
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Mike Shildt
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Steve Turco

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Johnson City

Draft selections[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals 2010 Draft Selections

References[edit]

  1. ^ LaRussa returns
  2. ^ "LaRue returning to Cards for 2010: Veteran backstop set for third season in St. Louis". MLB.com. November 30, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ DeRosa signs with Giants
  4. ^ "Glaus passes physical, signs with Braves"
  5. ^ "Ankiel rides across I-70 to Royals"
  6. ^ "Rangers, Greene complete deal"
  7. ^ a b "Cardinals set to introduce Holliday: Slugger to meet the media after signing seven-year deal". MLB.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Holliday announces return to Cardinals: Largest contract in club history to run through 2016". MLB.com. January 5, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals finalize $120 million deal". KSDK.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ Cards sign Lopez
  11. ^ Cards deal Lugo to Orioles
  12. ^ Thompson released
  13. ^ "Angels win chase for free agent Pineiro"
  14. ^ Wellemeyer signs with Giants
  15. ^ Cards sign Penny
  16. ^ Cards upgrade rotation at Winter Meetings: Addition of Penny adds depth; club negotiating with Holliday, MLB.com (December 10, 2009)
  17. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals GAME NOTES" (PDF). MLB.com. April 3, 2010. p. 1. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  18. ^ Garcia earns role in starting rotation
  19. ^ Freese claims third
  20. ^ "Molina questionable for Opening Day: Cards catcher to see little spring action after oblique strain". MLB.com. March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  21. ^ Molina in starting lineup
  22. ^ "Opening power: Pujols homers twice in win: Rasmus, Molina also go deep to lead St. Louis". MLB.com. April 5, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  23. ^ Home opener rocks
  24. ^ LaRue to DL
  25. ^ Games of 20 innings among rarest finds: Mets' wild victory over Cardinals less common than no-hitter
  26. ^ In game for ages, Cards fall to Mets in 20th: Clubs were scoreless through 18; Mather allows winning run
  27. ^ Position players Lopez, Mather pitch: Infielder hurls scoreless 18th; outfielder gives up game-winner
  28. ^ Mets, Cards add to history in epic duel: Scoreless contest through 18 is first such game since 1989
  29. ^ Lopez to DL
  30. ^ Standings as of May 10
  31. ^ Lopez activated
  32. ^ Cards 9, Angels 5
  33. ^ Penny to DL
  34. ^ Lohse to DL
  35. ^ Ottavino and MacLane up
  36. ^ Craig up
  37. ^ Cards 8, Padres 3
  38. ^ Cards 9, Cubs 1
  39. ^ Three homers for Pujols
  40. ^ Miles purchased
  41. ^ Cards sign Winn
  42. ^ Cards 8, Brewers 0
  43. ^ Motte's streak ends
  44. ^ Suppan rejoining Cardinals
  45. ^ 2010 Suppan game log
  46. ^ "Pujols homers twice as Cardinals romp: Slugger drives in five; Wainwright throws 6⅓ shutout innings". MLB.com. June 30, 2010. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  47. ^ Freese to DL
  48. ^ Ludwick to DL
  49. ^ All-Star rosters announced
  50. ^ All-Star rosters
  51. ^ Rockies 12, Cardinals 9
  52. ^ Rockies 8, Cardinals 7
  53. ^ Cards 5, Phillies 1
  54. ^ Ludwick back from DL
  55. ^ "Westbrook to cards; Ludwick to Padres: Indians receive Double-A righty Kluber in three-team trade". MLB.com. July 31, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  56. ^ Freese out for year
  57. ^ Motte goes on DL; Salas recalled
  58. ^ David Freese undergoes reconstructive surgery on ankle, Aug. 7
  59. ^ Cards cruise behind Wainwright's two-hitter: Pujols' three-run shot in first inning all ace needs vs. Marlins
  60. ^ Cards-Reds fight
  61. ^ a b Cards add catcher Hill; Suppan on DL
  62. ^ Cards 6, Reds 1
  63. ^ LaRue to DL
  64. ^ Suspensions for brawl
  65. ^ Lohse returns to Cards' rotation on Sunday
  66. ^ Cubs 9, Cardinals 7
  67. ^ Pujols hits 30th homer to extend own record: Cards slugger reaches mark for 10th time in as many years
  68. ^ Felipe Lopez game logs
  69. ^ Cards acquire Feliz
  70. ^ Fifth straight loss drops Cards in two races: La Russa agitated by borderline strike calls in ninth inning
  71. ^ Pujols hits 400th
  72. ^ Nats 11, Cardinals 10
  73. ^ Cardinals returning to KMOX next season (September 1, 2010)
  74. ^ Cards fall to Astros as skid reaches five
  75. ^ Wildcard races
  76. ^ Pujols reaches 100 RBIs for 10th straight year
  77. ^ LaRue retires
  78. ^ Cardinals cut ties with infielder Lopez
  79. ^ Cards' Molina likely out for rest of season MLB.com
  80. ^ Garcia is done for the season MLB.com
  81. ^ Wainwright wins 20th
  82. ^ Wainwright will miss last scheduled start: Cardinals' 20-game winner has strained muscle in right forearm MLB.com
  83. ^ Cards eliminated
  84. ^ Sports Illustrated, December 6, 2010, Volume 113, Number 21, p.24, Published by Time Inc.
  85. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals GAME NOTES ('Bullpen Briefs')" (PDF). MLB.com. October 3, 2010. p. 2. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  86. ^ Cards, Rox end '10 going separate ways (October 3, 2010 box score)
  87. ^ Baseball Info Solutions and Bill James (2010). The Bill James Handbook 2011. ACTA Sports. p. 384. 

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