The St. Louis Cardinals’ Worst Enemies
By Chris Gigley
D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies
St. Louis Cardinals Killer #5: D.J. LeMahieu. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
It’s hard to avoid the aforementioned LeMahieu for this list. He came up against the St. Louis Cardinals 28 times in 2015 and got hits in exactly half those at-bats. And if you think that’s all about Coors Field, consider that he collected seven hits in his four games at Busch, good for a .467 average. Oh, and he stole a base there for good measure.
Overall, LeMahieu hit better at Coors Field, of course, but his home run and RBI home/road splits were virtually
identical. This guy looks like a legit big league hitter in what was a bit of a breakout season for him. He made his first All-Star game and finished with a .301 average. But he was up-and-down with the bat. He hit over .400 in April and .400 in July, but was “meh” in the other months.
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The good news for Redbird pitchers is they have to face LeMahieu just six times next season. They get three games at home against the Rockies in May and another three in Colorado in mid-September. Hopefully, LeMahieu and his mates don’t play spoiler in that last series.