Adam Wainwright is on pace to set a modern baseball record this season for highest K-BB ratio.Five stats you’ll likely hear quite a bit more about on the matchup between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals at 8 ET (ESPN/WatchESPN):
Wainwright’s ratio of 11.1 strikeouts-per-walk is almost double that of the next best starter (Cliff Lee -- 5.8). Even in three-ball counts, he has more K (11) than BB (nine).
He’s on track to break Bret Saberhagen’s K-BB record of 11.0, set back in 1994. Wainwright currently has more wins (11) than walks (eight), something that’s been done only five times since 1900 and not since Saberhagen (14 wins, 13 walks) in 1994.
Top 5 BA With RISP - Cardinals This Season
2 - The Cardinals lead the majors by a massive margin with a .339 BA with RISP this season. The Tampa Bay Rays are second at .290. The last National League team to hit at least .300 with RISP over a full season was the 2000 Colorado Rockies (.309).
3 - Rangers starting pitchers are just 2-8 with a 5.31 ERA in June and their ERA has gone up each month this season. That’s the fewest wins from their starting rotation this month of any team in baseball.
Much like the rotation this season, Sunday’s starter Nick Tepesch tends to start strong, but fade as the game progresses. He has a 1.67 ERA in the first three innings, and an 8.73 ERA after.
The offense has also struggled this month, ranking 10th or worse in the American League in slugging, on-base percentage, batting average and runs per game. After going 19-9 in June last season, the team is just 9-12 in June so far this season.
Beltre4 - Keep an eye on defense in this game. The Rangers are tied for fifth in the majors with 17 Defensive Runs Saved and are the only team in the AL West that hasn’t cost itself runs with its defense.
Four players in this game are in the top six in baseball in Defensive Runs Saved at their position this season -- Yadier Molina (5th among C), Matt Carpenter (T-6th among 2B), Elvis Andrus (T-4th among SS) and David Murphy (4th among LF).
He’s won five gold gloves, second-most all-time among NL catchers. And only Henry Blanco (40.5) has a higher caught-stealing percentage among active players Molina has thrown out 40.3 percent of would-be base stealers in his career.
-- John Fisher contributed to this post