Pitching has been the name of the game so far in 2015 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Two weeks into the season, the Redbirds lead Major League Baseball in team earned run average -- by a long shot. St. Louis hurlers have allowed 1.71 earned runs a game. The Detroit Tigers are second with a team ERA of 2.61.
The Cardinals also lead in batting average against with opposing players hitting only .206 against them. The Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for second with a .212 mark against opposing batsmen.
While the Birds have been steady, they haven't been flashy. They rank 21st in strikeouts with 88. But that number might be a little bit misleading. Because of scheduled days off and a rainout (on a day it didn't rain) at Wrigley Field, St. Louis has played only 11 games. Only four teams have played as few as 11 games, most have played 12 or 13 but the Giants have played 14. In terms of strikeouts per game, the Cardinals would rank in the top 10.
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St. Louis starters have been especially strong.
Michael Wacha is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA; Lance Lynn is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA; Adam Wainwright is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA; Carlos Martinez is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and John Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.
St. Louis starters each have allowed less hits than innings pitched and they have combined for 55 strikeouts compared to 15 walks.
In the bullpen, the Cardinals have a 1.88 ERA which is second overall to the Kansas City Royals and first by a long shot in the National League. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second in the NL and fourth overall at 2.17.
St. Louis is eighth in bullpen batting average against with opposing hitters notching a .208 mark through 11 games.