June 12: Cardinals (42-22) @ Mets (23-36)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

In case you missed it earlier today, the Cardinals have come to terms with their top three Draft picks — Marco Gonzales, Rob Kaminsky and Oscar Mercado (story here). You’ll be able to read more about each of the three next week when they come to Busch Stadium for a physical and to be formally introduced.

As for today, the Cardinals are back to their “normal” lineup, which includes Allen Craig — who expected to be sore today after his head snapped back into the right-field wall when he tumbled while making a catch last night. He obviously wasn’t too hurt, as he followed that fall with a single and three-run homer.

The Cardinals enter tonight 20 games over .500 and with an MLB-best 23 road wins. The Cardinals have another five games remaining on this nine-game road swing.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Shelby Miller (RHP)

METS LINEUP:

  1. Jordany Valdespin (2B)
  2. Omar Quintanilla (SS)
  3. David Wright (3B)
  4. Daniel Murphy (1B)
  5. Lucas Duda (LF)
  6. Marlon Byrd (RF)
  7. John Buck (C)
  8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF)
  9. Dillon Gee (RHP)

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4 Comments

In a game of statistics can I offer a mathematical correction? The Cards are 10 games over .500. If we had played the same number of games and were at .500 our record would be 32-32. To balance it out, you don’t just subtract from the wins to equal the losses, you subtract from the wins and add that to the losses to come up with the amount over .500 In our case that is 10 (42-10=32; 22+10=32). Being picky here but it always seemed odd to me the way we get picky over all stat quotes except this one.

20 games over .500 means it would take 20 losses to fall to .500, not 10.

You could also say they have 20 wins more than a .500 record, as in 22-22 is a .500 record and they have 42 wins which is 20 more than 22.

The Cards could lose 20 in a row and still be at .500.

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