There is always a need for speed, and the St. Louis Cardinals new second basemen in town has wheels! Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sport
Tonight in cheesy Wisconsin, St. Louis Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong had a heck of a night. Wong’s bolt-like addition to the molasses-like roster makes St. Louis’ offense truly deadly to defenses.
There is no hole in the attack of the birds on the bat. Let the runs flow.
First, the Hawaiian tallied an infield hit and swiped second. Then, the tenderfoot hit a single and scored a run. Lastly, he got on base again in the ninth using his speed, before jacking second base again.
While Jonathan Lucroy doesn’t have a Howitzer, but Wong’s performance tonight is in fact a big deal.
With thieves like Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, and Ozzie Smith all humiliating pitchers and catchers for St. Louis in the 20th century, Busch II knew speed. But Busch III has never seen an everyday player who can move like the Wong.
2013 has been the low-point for the slowest team on dirt (NL) with only 30 robberies. Although the Cardinals and the Tigers (tied for last) have proven that slow doesn’t necessarily mean bad.
The Cards have gotten infield hits this season but they don’t usually look like Wong’s. Some guys on the squad often scorch balls through the defense using pure strength. But the ability to leg it out may be what St. Louis was quenching.
After a one-sided weekend of defense without offense, Bolten Wong cracked his shell tonight at Miller Park. Also, with some time off, Mr. David Freese came off the bench and unloaded on Burke Badenhop with a 2 run double just when the Birdinals needed it the most.
Will Yadi’s return, Bolten’s rise, Young Carpenter’s shift, and JJ’s pre-autumn raking all propel the Cards back to the peak of the the NL Central? Will it be a heck of a year?
The only thing for sure is that it is a great year not to have Albert Pujols.
Kolten Wong‘s POSSIBLE nicknames
-The Wong Show
-Kaha(actual middle name)