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Demystifying Clutch via David Freese

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese has been struggling at the plate this postseason.  In 14 games so far he is batting just .178.  This may be surprising to some observers.

Up through last postseason Freese was viewed as some sort of clutch batter.  In his first 29 playoff games David Freese was a really great performer.  He batted .369 while slugging .689 in over 100 at bats in the 2011 & 2012 playoffs.

I don’t believe that Freese is now afraid of the spotlight.  He isn’t choking under pressure.  His career line of .286 BA/.356 OBP/.427 SLG is the reality.  Freese overachieved in the last two playoffs and is underachieving this year.  It’s not clutch it’s luck.

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The Dodgers “Are Who We Thought They Were”

Many are complaining of low run-scoring totals in the 2013 MLB playoffs. Not surprisingly one of the major culprits is the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the full year the Dodgers were a league average offensive team. Against the tremendous pitching of the St. Louis Cardinals they became sub-par.

Over six NLCS games LA scored an average of just two runs. Adrian Gonzalez was their only hitter who posted an on-base percentage over .350 in the series.  Gonzalez, A.J. Ellis and Carl Crawford were the only three Dodgers to slugg over .360.

Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe came up empty against St. Louis.  The two combined to hit just .140 without an extra-base hit in 43 at-bats during the NLCS.

Michael Wacha was awesome in his two starts against the Dodgers.  Credit is due to him for sure.  Nobody should be shocked that an average offense didn’t hit over six games in October against a very tough pitching staff.

Relievers with 100 Strikeouts in 2013

St. Louis Cardinals youngster Trevor Rosenthal is one of just five major league relief pitchers who compiled 100 strikeouts this season…

Rk

Player

SO

Tm

G

IP

1

Aroldis Chapman

112

CIN

68

63.2

2

Kenley Jansen

111

LAD

75

76.2

3

Trevor Rosenthal

108

STL

74

75.1

4

Greg Holland

103

KCR

68

67.0

5

Koji Uehara

101

BOS

73

74.1

first time #AllStar, NL starting pitcher

 

Kyle Lohse has been absolutely dealing for the Cardinals all season long.

Here’s an average start over his last 14 outings:

6.3 Innings

2.2 Runs

0.5 HR

4.8 K

1.2 BB

Lohse, a 29th round pick in 1996, makes his first big league All-Star team after a dozen seasons.