St. Louis Cardinals: National League Loses Another Bird Killer

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Sep 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) stands on the mound as Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (18) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) stands on the mound as Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (18) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /
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The news broke today on the acquisition of Khris Davis by the Oakland Athletics and every St. Louis Cardinals fan breathed a sigh of relief as another Cardinal killer vacated the National League.

The Brewers made a trade everyone! Oh, you’re not surprised? Yeah, neither am I. Khris Davis is mentioned as a reason why the Brewers had immense promise and threat to the St. Louis Cardinals going into the 2014 season: he, along with the other power hitters in their outfield were set to spell a massive year for the brew crew.

With that being said, I celebrated the news that broke today that Davis had been traded to the Oakland Athletics and out of the National League. Not only am I glad that they have traded another Cardinals’ killer, but I am glad that they should be an easy pushover for the next year or two.

They could get conceivably worse as well, as they more than likely will deal one or both of Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy this season, continuing their attempt to rebuild the farm system and get younger. It seems like only yesterday that the Brewers were the pain in the neck of the Cardinals, and now it’s the Cubs. Funny how these teams keep recycling and yet the Cardinals remain the same.

I, for one, was never a fan of Davis.  I saw his potential, sure, but I just didn’t like him as a player.  Having said that, however, I must admit that I would hold my breath whenever he was at the plate against a Cardinals pitcher for fear of what he could and might do.  And- adding even more honesty- my heart would skip beats if his at-bat came with runners on the pond.

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Davis is a mere 28 years old and has shown incredible ability.  In his 1,029 MLB at-bats, he owns a .250 batting average and a .809 OPS.  In this time he has batted 63 doubles, 60 home runs, amassing for 162 RBI.

Specifically against the existing Cardinals pitchers (those on the 2016 roster), Davis owns a career .271 batting average with a .831 OPS.  He has hit 6 doubles, 5 home runs, and accounts for 15 RBI all in 96 at-bats.  A clear Cardinals killer and a batter the 2016 Cardinals will be happy to avoid.

Let us all celebrate the departure of one more St. Louis Cardinal slayer from the National League and once again wonder how prolific or lame these Brewer choices might be for the 2016 season!

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