Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling RISP.
Many of you have probably read that the St. Louis Cardinals set a record this year for the highest batting average with runners in scoring position (RISP). They hit .330 in those situations.
However, they didn’t come close to having the highest OPS (theirs was .865, very good but tied for 16th place
...Those gaudy, season-long RISP totals don’t automatically hold up as any kind of predictive indicator of post-season success. We will grant that the top 25 teams in RISP OPS (sounds an awful lot like the CIA, doesn’t it??) make it into the post-season a lot (about 60%, if we’re eyeballing the chart correctly…), but there are exactly two World Series winners on this list (‘98 Yankees, ‘04 Red Sox).
We’d love to see the post-season RISP values for the post-season teams on that chart, but Forman et fil haven’t gotten that query developed just yet. (One of these days.)
What we do know is that it’s not continued thus far in the post-season for St. Louis. After the first three games of their NLDS vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cardinals are (thus far) 3-for-20 in RISP situations.