As we flip our calendars from April to May, there is disappointment among some St. Louis Cardinals fans. Despite generally good play by the club, there is a feeling they should have been better. The club has been unable to gain any series sweeps and have lost some close games they seemingly could have won.
On the other hand, wouldn’t anyone have been happy to make a deal in March for the team to end April at 14-8 and with a three-game National League Central Division lead?
As the data below indicates, the offense and pitching have been equally impressive in the early going, with the last item, run differential, pulling it together.
Cards: April 2012
NL rank of 16
WAS #1 at 2.33
WAS #1 at 1.78
SD #1 at 2.54
ATL also with 113
#2 is NYM at .269
next closest is 27 (ATL)
There are some interesting parallels to 2011. The respective situat...