The Cardinals have a strong 39-31 record and are tied for first place in NL Central as they play the Brewers on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

Q: What would Vikram – and the team – look like without their aggressive players? Well, I don’t think the Cardinals will be 39-31. And I’m 99.9 percent sure they’re no better than 39-31.

I think it’s fair to assume that the Cardinals would be very close to .500 without the significant presence of multi-local assets Brendan Donovan, second baseman Nolan Gorman, corner outfielder and first baseman Juan Yepez and pitchers Andre Palante, Matthew Liberator and pitchers. Zac Thompson.

And I know this: So far in 2022 the Cardinals have got more value than any team in the major. It is based on the baseball reference version of Wins Above Replace Replacement. (War.)

Among the position players, Donovan leads in all NL rookies and is third in MLB rookies with 1.7 WAR. 1.1 Gorman is not far behind with the war. Perhaps due to speed and defensive limitations, the battle of Yepez is reduced to 0.5 but clearly has a positive effect on the crime of St. Louis.

June 21, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Brendan Donovan (33) is running in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Compulsory Credit: Michael McLean-USA Today Sports

If you add a total of Rookie position players to the team – two cuts are included, for Kramer Robertson and Evan Herrera – you can come up with 3.1 wars.

It ranks highest among NL teams and second among major teams.

What about Ghagari? With 1.5 WAR, Palante is first in National League Rookie Pitchers and second in Major. Thompson, Liberator and Angel Rondon have combined for 0.5 War. After deducting the down-replacement level WAR rates of Paki Notton and Jake Walsh, the net is 1.7 WAR.

It leads the NL and ranks second among the majors.

To summarize – and you don’t need …

The Cardinals have the most fights with Rookie position players in the National League and the most fights with Rookie pitchers in the National League. And they rank second among the majors in both categories.

And it is effective, and important for another reason. Competing brewers get nothing from their rookies compared to the Cardinals increased rookie-performance value in 2022.

Utility player Mark Matthias has 0.1 War for Milwaukee. Several risky pitchers have combined to add 0.6 WAR.

This means that the Cardinal Rookies are four wins better than the Brewer Rookies, and this is not to be taken lightly.

Through the first 70 games of the season, Gorman, Donovan and Yepez generated it for the 2022 Cardinals. I have combined their numbers so that we can see a composite.

430 Plate Appearance
378 at– bats
25 doubles
13 homers
66 RBI
60 runs scored
.293 batting average
.374 on base percentage
.462 slugging percentage
.836 OPS.

None of the 90 winning teams from last season.

So how is it going to crack down on crime for 2022?

Let’s take a quick look at each of the three dangerous hitters:

Donovan: Among the NL Rookies with at least 100 plates appearing, Donovan has a batting average (.318), highest onbase percentage (.425), highest OPS + (149), highest doubles (14), highest runs (25) and standard OPS (.855). ) And second in the RBI (22.) Oh yes: and he has played six different defensive positions.

Gorman: In NL rookies with a minimum of 100 PA, Gorman has a slugging percentage (.516), the best standard OPS (.866) and second in OPS + (147), second in homers (6), third in onbase percentage (.350). ), Third in batting average (.280), and sixth in RBI (17.)

Yeppez: He ranks second in homers (6) and RBI (16) among NL thugs with 100 or more plates. He is third in slugging (.463), OPS (.794) and OPS + (127.).

If we use OPS + as our method of measuring offensive performance, the Cardinals have three of the top four hitters in the NL.

Donovan is 49 percent higher than the league average, Gormann is 47 percent higher than the league average, and Yepez and Luis Gonzalez of San Francisco are third with an average of 27 percent.

Palante has provided double value with his strong work as a reliever and starter. And as the season begins, we can expect to see even more positive results from Zac Thompson and possibly Liberator.

Randy Flores and the St. Louis Scouts should be commended for their outstanding work in drafting and developing the players. And there’s more young talent on the way. The Cardinals are ready for a promising future, and that’s exciting.

Thanks for reading

– Bernie

Bernie Miklaz

Bernie Miklaz

For the past 35 years, Bernie Miklaz has entertained, imparted and connected with generations of St. Louis sports fans.

Bernie has also written for The Athletic, the Dallas Morning News, and the Baltimore News American, for 26 years, famous for his voice as a leading sports columnist in Post-Dispatch. Bernie has hosted radio shows in St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Bernie, his wife, Kirsten, and their cat live in the Sinker-Deblivier area of ​​St. Louis.