St. Louis Cardinals: Early recommended changes to continue winning
The St. Louis Cardinals have pieces who can perform at different places in the lineup. The problem is that someone keeps moving them around.
Who moved my cheese? I’m certain that there must be players on the St. Louis Cardinals who wish they could ask that very question. Why? Mike Matheny. This oversimplification is stated here to illustrate the fact that Matheny seems willing to work with a rather fluid lineup despite whether or not this works for the players themselves.
We all know about the struggles of swapping Matt Carpenter to number three in the lineup in 2017 wherein Carpenter seemingly could translate his hitting to that spot in the lineup. Additionally, we all know about Dexter Fowler‘s insistence that he bat lead-off which lead directly to that issue.
Then enter’s this year’s dilemmas (including the recurrence of the issue listed above). Should Yadier Molina bat fifth? Should Paul DeJong bat in front of and not behind Molina? Could Kolten Wong lead off?
It is doubtful that any changes in relation to the lineup will solidify under Matheny who seems comfortable riding the hot hand. And there is a large part of me that does not disagree with him but I also see the value of having the players happy and comfortable to be able to produce.
Bottom line here is that perhaps some middle ground needs to be sought so that players are comfortable knowing their roles before arriving the night of a game to find themselves hitting somewhere foreign to them.