Buy or Sell: 2022 Projections for St. Louis Cardinals Lineup
By Josh Jacobs
DH/OF Corey Dickerson
2022 Projection: BA: .264, OBP: .320, SLG: .428, OPS: .747, R: 51, H: 106, 2B: 22, 3B: 4, HR: 12, RBI: 48, SB: 5, CS: 3, BB: 31, SO: 88
It is unknown at the moment who will be the Cardinals Opening Day DH, but after signing Corey Dickerson this last week, he very well may be penciled in there. (Lars Nootbaar and Juan Yepez are the other two most likely candidates).
Coming off a solid 2021 season with the Marlins and Blue Jays where he slashed .271/.326/.408 with 18 2Bs and 6 HRs in only 109 games, there is reason to believe the Cardinals new left handed bat can put up similar numbers in 2022. Dickerson will likely see time in the outfield and DH depending on the day, but will need to produce in order to have consistent playing time with the number of guys vying for the DH and top bench bat stop.
C Yadier Molina
2022 Projected: BA: .245, OBP: .294, SLG: .364, OPS: .658, R: 46, H: 108, 2B: 19, 3B: 0, HR: 11, RBI: 58, SB: 4, CS: 0, BB: 26, SO: 83
After really struggling at the plate in 2021, expect more of the same from Yadier Molina in 2022.
In 2021, Molina slashed .252/.297/.370 with 19 2Bs and 11 HRs in 121 games. In what will likely be his final major league season, it is likely he will appear in even less games, splitting time with catcher Andrew Knizner or potentially prospect Ivan Herrera. Molina will be the weakest link in the Cardinal order, but will hope to provide a boost to the team with his leadership, experience, and ability to guide a pitching staff.