Converting Win Probability added, or WPA, into individual player Win-Loss records, we looked back at the juggernaut that was the 2004 Cardinals. Today here’s the ’82 World Champs. Remember, with WPA there’s no accounting of fielding or position, but this does perfectly add up to the team’s 92-70 record. Defense is what this team is famous for, bear that in mind.
First, the hitters:
Maybe one day I’ll give Lonnie Smith his close-up, as he’s an interesting player, fraught with personal demons and peaks and valleys during his career. Nicknamed “Skates” for his lack of grace in left field, but for what it’s worth, Total Zone rates him as an average outfielder overall. Smith hit .307/.381/434 with 68 steals, and came 2nd in the MVP voting to Dale Murphy.
Keith Hernandez was equally good in what amounted to his last season as a Cardinal. Say no to the blow, kids. Here’s the pitching/defense:
Sutter finished 3rd in the Cy Young voting and 5th in the MVP voting. Joaquin Andujar is one player I wish I could somehow clone and put him in today’s game. My favorite Joaquin quote:
“You can’t worry if it’s cold; you can’t worry if it’s hot; you only worry if you get sick. Because then if you don’t get well, you die.”
Words to live by.