The top-of-the-order woes have infected the rest of the lineup, with the No. 2 spot in the order even less productive. Incredibly, the eighth spot in the Cardinals’ lineup actually has been the most productive, posting an .853 OPS and .300 batting average.
Overall, St. Louis’ .721 OPS ranks 23rd in the majors (it was fifth last season at .767), as does its .236 batting average with runners in scoring position (last season, St. Louis ranked eighth at .271). The result is a putrid 3.98 runs-per-game average, which ranks 27th.