Data Shows Cardinals Make Fewest Errors Among MLB Teams

Data Shows Cardinals Make Fewest Errors Among MLB Teams
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

The saying “defense wins championships” may be overused, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Even in baseball, teams with the best glovework often find themselves at or near the top of the standings by the end of the year. That’s usually true with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals have long been known as one of the best defensive teams in Major League Baseball. Great players like Bob Gibson, Keith Hernandez, Ozzie Smith, Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen and Yadier Molina all won multiple Gold Gloves during their stints in St. Louis. More recently, third baseman Nolan Arenado won back-to-back Gold Gloves during the 2021-22 seasons.

So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise to see where St. Louis ranks among the top defensive teams in MLB.

With the hot stove league in full swing, we wanted to see what teams were the best (or worst) in terms of fielding. BetMissouri.com, utilizing our Missouri sports betting mindset, used TeamRankings.com to look at the least to most mistake-prone MLB teams by looking at the average errors per game for each MLB team over the past three seasons.

Least Mistake-Prone MLB Teams

Below is some data that would help future participants of Missouri betting apps. Here are the top MLB teams that avoided errors best in the last 3 seasons.

RankTeamAverage Errors Per Game
1St. Louis Cardinals0.446
2Seattle Mariners0.450
3Houston Astros0.457
4San Diego Padres0.470
5Atlanta Braves0.480
6Baltimore Orioles0.483
7Texas Rangers0.487
8Tampa Bay Rays0.497
9Arizona Diamondbacks0.500
T-10Los Angeles Dodgers0.503
T-10Toronto Blue Jays0.503

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Cardinals Commit Fewest Mistakes in MLB

Each of the past three World Series winners (Braves, Astros, and Rangers) rank among the top teams on this list. The top 11 teams have combined to win more than 54% of their games over the past three seasons, and each of those teams has reached the postseason at least once over that timeframe.

The Cardinals made the playoffs in 2021 and 2022, but 2023 marked their first losing season since 2007.

St. Louis has been active in the offseason, revamping its starting rotation by signing Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson and Sonny Gray to contracts. Will it be enough for the Cards to get back to the top of the standings? ESPN BET gives the Cardinals +4000 odds to win the 2024 World Series.

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