Baseball: The Ten-Percenters

Pitching is supposed to be 90% of baseball—so how do you account for the St. Louis Cardinals? Two weeks ago, St. Louis was second in the National League, three games behind the Cincinnati Reds. Last week the roles were reversed, and it certainly had nothing to do with pitching. In ten games, St. Louis hurlers gave up 80 hits and 25 runs. But, oh, that other 10%! Battering opposing pitchers for 92 hits and 48 runs, the Cardinals won nine of the ten games—six of them in a row.

Nearly everyone in the line-up had a hand in the St....

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