Here’s the first financial efficiency report we at PRO Rumors are going to make. Lets start with the St. Louis Cardinals because they were the 2011 World Series’ Champions. I hope you enjoy this as much as a enjoyed writing it.
The Cardinals won 90 regular season games, or 41 above the 49 games won line. They paid $105,433,572 in salaries. That means the Cardinals paid $2,293,574.93 for every win they got above 49.
Their top five paid players were:
– Matt Holliday ($16,317,774): Holliday hit .296/.388/.525 with 22 HR’s, 75 RBI’s, 83 runs and a .912 OPS. For every home run Holliday hit, he earned $741,717. For every RBI he earned $217,570.32. For every time he got on base he earned $81,588.87.
– Albert Pujols ($14,508,395): Pujols hit .299/.366/.541 with 37 HR’s, 99 RBI’s, 105 runs and a .906 OPS. Pujols earned $392,118.78 for every home run he hit or $146,549.44 for each RBI he had or $60.959.64 for every time he got on base.
– Chris Carpenter ($14,259,403): Carpenter was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA in 237.1 innings. Carpenter earned $1,296,309 for each win or $74,656 for each of his strikeouts (191). On a side note, Carpenter also earned $1,296,309 for each hit he got.
– Kyle Lohse ($12,187,500): Lohse was 14-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 188.1 innings. Lohse earned $870,535 for each victory or $109,797 for each strikeout.
– Lance Berkman ($8,000,000): Berkman hit .301/.412/.547 with 31 HR’s, 94 RBI’s, 90 runs and a .959 OPS. Berkman earned $258,064 for every home run he hit or $33,057.85 for every time he got on base.
The team had a collective OBP of .341, a SLG of .425 and an OPS of .766. They also scored a total of 762 runs which breaks down to the Cardinals spending $138,364.27 for each run.
If we take a look at their top five paid players, we could see that Berkman was the most productive among the three position players (and financially the cheapest). His OBP and SLG were higher than Pujols’ and Hollidays’. Berkman, who was picked up by the Cardinals during the off season, got on base a little more than four times every 10 times he stepped to the plate.
The Cardinals advanced to the postseason via the NL wild-card spot, and eventually ended up winning the World Series against the Texas Rangers in seven games.
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