After a great month of May in which the Cardinals went 20-7, the Cards have been scuffling in June, with just a 12-11 record so far. However, when you take a look at the team's stats for the month, it makes you wonder why they are only one game over .500.
For the month of June, the Cardinals lead all NL teams with 122 runs scored, while giving up only 88 (8th fewest among NL teams). Using the Pythagorean Winning Percentage formula, the Cards should have a winning percentage of .658 for the month or a 15-8 record.
So, why are the Cardinals falling 3 games short?
Its mainly due to the way the Cards have been winning and losing. Said another way, when they win, they win big, when they lose, its usually close.
In the games that the Cardinals have won, the average margin of victory has been 5.25. 8 of their 12 wins for the month have been by 5 or more runs.
On the other side, in the games the Cardinals have lost, the average margin has been just 2.87 runs. However, what is more...