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Jon Jay loves himself some home cookin’

Oct 19, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

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That Cardinals leadoff man Jon Jay has struggled at the plate in the postseason is undeniable. Also undeniable: the Cardinals have played seven games on the road and just four at home.

Playing a second straight game in St. Louis on Thursday, Jay went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the Cardinals’ 8-3 win over the Giants. It raised his postseason average to .195.

In 2012, Jay has simply been a different player at home. In the regular season, he had one of the more dramatic splits you’ll ever see:

Home: .384/.453/.496 in 224 AB
Away: .224/.289/.301 in 219 AB

It’s carried over into October, too. He’s 5-for-16 with six RBI in home games and 3-for-25 with one RBI the rest of the time.

Of course, most likely, this whole thing is one big fluke. Busch Stadium isn’t a hitter friendly park, though it does play better for left-handed hitters than right-handers. Also, Jay was actually better in road games than home games last year.

Still, Jay is probably the happiest of the bunch about the Cardinals possessing home-field advantage in the World Series, should they win one of the next three games and move on. It’d be the first time in the postseason that they’d have home field.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Don’t know about his affection for the home cookin’ (although most everyone has an affinity for it).
    But I do know he is one of the best CF in the game (bar none).

    • forsch31 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      “Bar none?” I like Jay, but I would think at least Andrew McCutchen would have something to say about that.

      • blues1988 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        key word ” one of ” don’t think he said THE best….

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Bob: As Blues stated below…”one of” the best CF in the game (bar none).
        Meaning he holds his own against anyone you want to compare him too.
        I don’t think the guy had one error in the regular season. Literally…I think he had ZERO errors
        He makes the easy plays, he makes the hard plays, he hits his cuttoffs, he plays deep when warranted…he plays shallow when warranted…the dude is “one of” the best CF in the game.

  2. creek0512 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    1 WC Game + 3 NLDS Games + 2 NLCS Games = 6 road games this postseason. The Cardinals are 4-2 in those games.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Yet Creek…I am still hoping the Cards’ next road game is in Detroit.

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