St. Louis Cardinals: Cardinals power can often be fleeting

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 22: Paul DeJong #11 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 22, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 22: Paul DeJong #11 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 22, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 22: Paul DeJong /

The St. Louis Cardinals seem to have more downs than ups in cultivating power from their farm system.  Contributors Tina Bradley and Larry Levin talk about the history and future of building Redbird bombers.

After an abnormally powerful 2016, the St. Louis Cardinals have reverted to below the mean on the power scale.  Tina and Larry pondered the shortage of pop that so often permeates the Redbirds system, and put their heads together to explore some of the reasons.

While some of the causes are unclear, our writers have plenty to speculate about. They look at the big drop in power from last year to this season; the way the front office drafts and develops; and whether changes are in the offing (or even in the present).

The power discussion is especially notable as it comes with a backdrop of the oft-talked-about surge in home runs in MLB this year and last. After power appeared to be the purview of pitchers for several years, the bang has returned with a vengeance. Pitchers may be figuring out how to respond, but it could still take awhile.

So as Tina and Larry try to figure out what this all means to the Cardinals, enjoy the discussion, and let us know if you have your own take on the home team’s power drain and where it goes from here!

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