Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk v. Cubs’ Kris Bryant breakdown

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Aug 2, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Randal Grichuk (15) celebrates with St. Louis Cardinals third base coach

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(11) after hitting a two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Randal Grichuk – Offense

At just 23 years old, the young St. Louis outfielder has been one of the most potent offensive weapons in the arsenal of manager Mike Matheny.

After batting around .240 in action last year, Grichuk carried a .287/.333/.574 line into play on Sunday. That’s not to mention the fact he’s already set impressive career-highs in both home runs (14), runs batted in (43) and doubles (20) – with roughly 50 games left to play.

On-pace for 20 homers and around between 60 to 70 runs batted in, the outfielder has already shown that he’s ready to do his part to help lead the Cardinals deep into postseason.

Of qualified hitters, Grichuk leads the Cardinals with his .903 OPS – stepping up in a big way to fill the void left by the repeated absences of veteran Matt Holliday.

While Bryant launches the mammoth home runs, Grichuk has been perfectly fine with flying under-the-radar, becoming a young stud on a division-leading St. Louis club.

Next: Kris Bryant – Defense

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