ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – The Cardinals have several issues which need to be addressed as the team heads into the second half of the season – including who should get the most starts at second base.
In the perfect world, Tyler Greene would be hitting at the Major League level the same way he hit in the minors last season. But it isn’t a perfect world and Greene, who has some pop in his bat, is only hitting .226 in 62 games (159 at-bats) this season. In 66 games at Memphis in 2011, he compiled an impressive .323 batting average with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs – that success has clearly not translated in St. Louis. As a result, the low production numbers will not get him playing time in the big leagues.
Although his fielding is solid, Daniel Descalso has been a bummer at the plate this season. Descalso was a catalyst for the Cardinals during their World Series run last season despite a mediocre .264 batting average, but this season it is only at .223 which, like Greene, is not enough to get solid playing time. It should be noted that Descalso could get the call to fill-in should anything happen to the left side of the infield.
It seems the position would be left to Skip Schumaker who has been solid at the plate and the field. Schumaker has split his time between the outfield and at second base while batting .304 this season. It would be a no-brainer to put Schumaker as the main guy at second base.
It has also been teased that Allen Craig could play second base and the more I think about it, the more I like it. The move to put Craig at second would only make sense for when Lance Berkman returns which would put the mighty bat of Craig’s on the bench – unless he plays second base. This season, Craig is hitting .313 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. Those are numbers that do not belong on the bench. The main issue with having Craig play at second is that he doesn’t have the experience at the position; although he did make eight starts at second in 2011.
It is still undetermined what manager Mike Matheny will do with the lineup from this point on, but it will likely be a carousel to get each player at-bats.