Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 9/11/12
Yesterday, we compared Jason Motte’s 2012 results as the closer of the St. Louis Cardinals to other ninth-inning men across Major League Baseball. Reader Nutlaw took my point about Motte’s tied-for-worst nine home runs allowed this season and dug a bit deeper. He discovered that Motte’s last five home runs given up occurred with reserve catcher Tony Cruz behind the plate. I checked with researcher Tom Orf as to the granularity of pitching stats broken out by catchers. He was able to provide the following view of the Cardinals catching corps since Molina became a major leaguer in 2004. Pitching Stats Pitching Stats Through 9/9 Age PA PA% ERA RAvg Age PA PA% ERA RAvg 2012 Yadier Molina 29 4151 77.7% 3.66 3.97 2007 Yadier Molina 24 3729 59.4% 4.29 4.78 2012 Tony Cruz 25 1153 21.6% 4.38 4.58 2007 Gary Bennett 35 1648 26.2% 5.20 5.88 2012 Bryan Anderson 25 39 0.7% 4.50 4.50 2007 Kelly Stinnett 37 902 14.4% 5.14 5.76 2012 League Average 3.9...
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