Cardinals scratching for offense early on

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL | @BFeldman

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:20 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Nine games into a 162-game season, anyone with anything resembling a rational thought won’t panic over what’s happening with a Major League baseball team.  But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the fact the Cardinals are hitting just .215 as a team – 27th in MLB – and have scored just 29 runs – good for 26th. 

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“There’s going to be times when you have it and there’s going to be times when you have to scratch for (runs) and right now we’re scratching,” Mike Matheny said. “Overall, I like the approach guys are taking and the way they’re going about (their at-bats). We’re just looking for some consistency but sometimes it takes a little time to hit that stride.”

“It’s early still. We’re still getting comfortable,” Matt Adams said. “We know we’re a good offensive team and runs will come. We’re just trying to go out there and compete every day.”

The biggest culprits for the slow start are OF Allen Craig and SS Jhonny Peralta.  Craig is just 3-31 (.097) with six strikeouts and just one walk.  Peralta isn’t much better at 2-29 (.069) though he’s taken five walks to at least get on base a little.  Both of the newly acquired shortstop’s hits are home runs.

Peralta has a little bit of an excuse in the fact he’s new and it typically takes guys a little longer to get comfortable in a different situation.  Peter Bourjos started this season 0-13 but quickly got five hits in his next couple games after that stretch.

Craig is a little more concerning.  He’s struggling so much Mike Matheny has dropped him to 6th in the lineup on multiple occasions.  A hitter as good as Craig rarely struggles this much over a nine game stretch, if ever. 

All in all, it’s still mid-April so there’s no room to panic.  But it is something worth noting.

    

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