The Cardinals’ record under Mike Matheny every day of the week

Just a heads-up, what follows is pretty stupid.

Glad we got that out of the way. I know for a fact I’m far from the only person who does this, but I have a ritual during baseball season which consists of printing out the Cardinals’ schedule, pinning it on my wall at work, and then tracking the wins and losses until the very bitter end. The end result looks like this:

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Notice the annotations. Those are typically reserved for memorable moments throughout the season, like walk-off wins, Matt Holliday hitting a home run in what many thought would be his last at-bat as a Cardinal, etc. Take this one, which is a pretty sad in retrospect:

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That was marking Oscar Taveras’s debut in May 2014, in which he homered.

Often the references are obscure enough that I have to take a minute to remind myself just what the hell I was even talking about. Like here, for instance:

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That was from May 2015. And “haha” was apparently my way of commemorating the Cardinals falling behind the Cubs 5-0 in the top of the 1st, only to claw their way back and eventually win 10-9 (which is always a good final score). Haha.

This is not the stupid part I warned you about. At least, it’s not stupid to me. I enjoy doing it, and it’s a good way to remember past years and to keep track of trends throughout each season.

Here comes the stupid part: I’ve been doing this for a long time, covering the entire Mike Matheny era and then some, and I was curious enough to see how the Cardinals have fared every day of the week during Matheny’s tenure. Consulting my trusty completed schedules, this is what I found:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 2012-2017

Wins

Losses

Win%

Sunday

87

71

0.551

Monday

63

34

0.650

Tuesday

81

66

0.551

Wednesday

89

60

0.597

Thursday

60

49

0.550

Friday

76

80

0.487

Saturday

88

68

0.564

Total

544

428

0.560

I added all of these up by hand. Someone who knows their way around Baseball Reference a bit better than I do could have perhaps found these numbers in 60 seconds (although I’m pretty confident that sorting records by days of the week is not an available feature), but it took me about 45 painstaking, time-wasting minutes. I double-checked though and it should be accurate so respect the process.

And what I found is that for whatever random reason, since 2012, the Cardinals have easily played their worst baseball on Fridays. It’s not even close. Have you noticed you’ve oddly been in a somber mood on Saturday morning, likely the beginning of your weekend? Perhaps this is why. On the other hand, the Cardinals have played at a 105-win pace on Mondays, taking a bit of the sting off the start of the work week, so we’ll call it a wash. The other five days don’t see much variation.

There you have it. Is this important information? Absolutely not. Am I glad I took the time to figure this out? Not really. Go Cardinals, anyway.

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