(BaseballStL) – If the Cardinals are going to succeed in the 2015 playoffs, they’re going to need help from their slugger Jhonny Peralta.
That might be looking too far into the future, but the shortstop, who hit 21 regular season home runs and 75 RBI, was held homer-less in October with only one measly RBI. In fact, he was held to five hits in all of the 2014 postseason.
Historically, the 32-year-old doesn’t have many postseason at-bats having missed the 2013 playoffs with Detroit over his 50-game suspension over the Biogenesis scandal. From the 2009 playoffs with the Cleveland Indians to the 2012 with the Tigers, Peralta is 3 for 33 with one homer and 4 RBI in October. His only hit in 2012 was a home run, nothing else.
The Redbirds hit 15 homers this postseason and not a single one came from Peralta. The frustrating part is the fact that even Tony Cruz hit a blast this October and he’s not making anywhere close to $15 million.
However, the difference in the two players is that Peralta takes up far more at-bats in the middle of the line-up than the back-up catcher and he needs to produce like a middle of the line-up guy. If not, the Cards will falter through another October again.