Cardinals Just Posted the Worst Series-Long Batting Line in Championship Series History

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts as he strikes out in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals during game four of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Four | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals should be embarrassed by their awful showing in the NLCS.

Anyone who watched the series doesn't need numbers and stats to know how bad the team performed, but as you keep digging it gets way worse.

In fact, the Cardinals' putrid batting line in the series is the worst in a Championship Series in MLB history.

The Cardinals hit .130/.195/.179 in the four games and their .374 OPS is 25 points lower than the previous worst on this list (.399 from the 1982 Atlanta Braves).

This is an offense that, after scoring 10 runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Braves, only scored six in 36 NLCS innings.

Credit is obviously due to the Nationals' dominant starters, but the Cardinals batters were a special type of awful. The Dodgers were able to score 22 runs in five NLDS games off the same pitching staff.

At the end of the day, guys like Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna need to step up rather than disappear. And Matt Carpenter? He was so bad that he was benched for rookie Tommy Edman.

The Cards have a lot of reflecting to do this offseason after being bounced in this manner.