St. Louis Cardinals: Two of our writers debate Kolten Wong

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Jun 13, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) hits a one run double off of Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Wily Peralta (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) hits a one run double off of Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Wily Peralta (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Larry

Thanks, Trevor. I know that Wong’s career has been up and down so far, but there’s an awful lot that other teams should like about the guy.  True, it hasn’t helped in the past that manager Mike Matheny has given him a quick hook so often, or that he’s ridden the Memphis shuttle at the first sign of weak performance.But this year it seemed that the club was adamant about Wong’s mostly daily play, and it has shown on the field. You mentioned his batting average being higher, but there are other strongly-encouraging signs as well.

He’s pounded eighteen extra-base hits through just third of a season, his OBP is pushing .400, and and maybe more importantly, he’s keeping his strikeouts down with a selective eye. Don’t you think those elements make him a desirable piece for a team looking for an everyday second baseman?

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