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BT at BP: Cubs Versus Cardinals, By the Numbers – Was the Series Outcome “Fair”?

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cardinals sad injuryIf you watched almost any of this week’s series in St. Louis, you can speak anecdotally to how head-shakingly frustrating the Cubs’ losses to the Cardinals were. It seemed that, when the Cardinals needed a hit, the gods blessed the ball with the perfect speed, spin and angle to accommodate. By contrast, our minds tell us, the Cubs frequently hammered the ball—yesterday notwithstanding—only for a Cardinals defender to materialize, consistently, in the perfect spot to make a play.


Of course, our anecdotal memory is often flawed and biased, and sometimes flat-out wrong.

I was curious, at the end of this series, what the numbers would say about the teams’ performance. Was a 3-1 series win for the Cardinals reflective of the teams’ underlying performance? Was it the “fair” outcome?

A handful of numbers for your consideration …


Cubs: 20

Cardinals: 27


Cubs: 38

Cardinals: 42

Extra-base Hits

Cubs: 15

Cardinals: 13

Walks (batters)

Cubs: 16

Cardinals: 11

Strikeouts (batters)

Cubs: 41

Cardinals: 25


Cubs: 5

Cardinals: 2


Cubs: .345

Cardinals: .357


Cubs: .327

Cardinals: .360


Cubs: 4.28

Cardinals: 3.30

For my thoughts on the series and the meaning of those numbers, read the rest of the article over at BP Wrigleyville.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.