Batted Ball Statistics
High chase percentages, weak contact, and high whiff percentages are just three ways to get batters out. The Cardinals have been a powerhouse for weak contact and high groundball rates of late. The shift ban makes that approach a bit harder. Let's take a look at four stats that contribute to chases, weak contact, and whiffs.
St. Louis Cardinals
90.1% (top-3 in league)
The Rangers beat the Cardinals in each of these four statistics. Not only are the Rangers' pitchers getting batters to chase balls, they are also severely limiting hard contact. The Cardinals are worse than league average in every one of those statistics while the Rangers are better than league average.