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RISP "clutch hitters"--lead NL in offense

Citizens of Red Sox Nation know why the Red Sox lead the AL in runs scored, but how did the Cards lead the NL?

A:  Clutch hitting.

RISP copyWe can define “clutch hitting,” as getting a hit “when it matters.”

When does it “matter” most?

When there are runners in scoring position.  [RISP]

You may be surprised to discover [below] than none of the Red Sox—not even Dustin Pedroia or Big Papi—make the Top Ten RISP Hitters list.

With the Sox facing the Cards in this World Series, since you have been primarily focused on the AL, it may shock you to see that 5 Cardinals made the MLB Top Ten RISP list.

Four of the Top Ten are from the AL, which means the Cards took 5 of the 6 NL slots; the other NL player was Atlanta’s 1b Freddy Freeman, who was #2 behind the MLB leader, Cards’ Allen Craig.

While Miggy Cabrera, Michael Brantley, and Robinson Cano are familiar names to AL fans, notice that the young Kansas City Royals’ catcher, made the list; he projects as a future All-Star.

Top 10 – Regular Season Leaders with Runners in Scoring Position

PA

AB

H

XBH

RBI

AVG

1. Allen Craig (STL) 152 130 59 16 83 .454
2. Freddie Freeman (ATL) 170 131 58 18 84 .443
3. Miguel Cabrera (DET) 204 156 62 24 99 .397
4. Matt Holliday (STL) 152 123 48 12 61 .390
5. Matt Carpenter (STL) 145 116 45 14 62 .388
6. Salvador Perez (KC) 133 122 46 14 62 .377
7. Michael Brantley (CLE) 142 120 45 6 59 .375
8. Carlos Beltran (STL) 142 123 46 13 59 .374
9. Yadier Molina (STL) 145 126 47 14 62 .373
10. Robinson Cano (NYY) 172 140 50 17 80 .357

Created by BaseballAnalytics.org on 10/23/2013

Win or lose in the 2013 World Series, the Cardinals are offensive threats, so don’t underestimate them.

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