What exactly did Skip Schumaker do to earn his spot on the bench? I don't get it. Schumaker sits night after night for the Cardinals while Daniel Descalso has become the regular second baseman.
Am I missing something? I realize Descalso is a better defensive second baseman, but not by much. Schumaker makes nearly every play that Descalso makes. The difference in the two defensively is minimal. Offensively there is a big difference. Schumaker is a much better hitter than Descalso.
I can't figure out why Schumaker doesn't get the bulk of the starts at second base. Here's a guy who has hit over .300 four times in his career. He's at .279 right now, his low mark for the season. He hasn't played much lately, and that's no doubt contributed to his declining average. The question is why isn't playing? Daniel Descalso it hitting a crisp .227 on the year. Descalso is hitting exactly .127 this season with runners in scoring position, and he's your regular second baseman? Descalso has gotten almost 100 at bats more than Schumaker. What did Descalso do to move ahead of Schumaker on the depth chart? Did I miss it?
Maybe Schumaker did something along the way to anger Mike Matheny. That's hard to imagine. Schumaker is one of the hardest working players on the roster and a great teammate. He has to be wondering why he's not playing more, and can't be happy about it. The way it looks right now Descalso will be the guy getting most of the starts in the postseason (assuming of course the Cardinals wrap up that second wild card spot).
I think that would be a mistake. Schumaker has proven over the years to be a reliable defensive player and a productive table setter at the top of the line-up. He needs to play more. In fact, he needs to be the everyday second baseman. Descalso just doesn't hit enough to garner the playing time at second base over Schumaker.