Ok, that’s definitely just a click-baiting headline, but stick with me here.
In doing some research for another post, I was re-introduced to the fantastic site of one David Pinto, Baseball Musings.
Amongst the other wonderful things you can find at David’s website is one tool called the “Day-by-Day Database.” It will allow you to input various parameters and dates for a number of stats and tell you what has occurred over those dates.
One such combination of parameters allows us to see what the Cardinals’ record is when various players register a “game played” – so if someone shows up in the box score, that win or loss is credited to them in this tool. Crude and somewhat intentionally misleading? Sure. Entertaining? You’re damn right.
To wit, see below chart (and here’s the link) of Cardinals “player in game” wins and losses. We can find plenty of HOT TAKES from this (Pete Kozma, really?), but one in particular stands out to me, which I’ll reveal to you after you peruse the chart: