Matheny: Bourjos putting too much pressure on self for first hit

Matheny: Bourjos putting too much pressure on self for first hit

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CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 02: Peter Bourjos #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @ElizEisele

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Posted on April 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Mike Matheny knows how important Peter Bourjos is to the team, but the center fielder is still looking for his first hit as a Cardinal.

Matheny believes the 27-year-old is putting too much pressure on himself.

“He’s hit some balls hard and hadn’t had much luck,” Matheny said, “[He] had some good plays made against him.”

In 2011, Bourjos hit 11 triples and stole 22 bases with a .271 average and the Cardinals want to capitalize on his speed. But with just 13 at bats in 2014, Bourjos has struck out 6 times and only walked once. It’s hard to use his speed if he can’t get to first base.

“He’s a lot like Matt Carpenter,” said Matheny, “where he’s probably more likely to over work now than anything else. We just need him to trust himself, trust where he fits into this club.” 

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