Buy or Sell: St. Louis Cardinals Early Season Performances
2022 Stats: .139/.262/.278, 1 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SB, 15 SO, 0.3 WAR
Easily the biggest question mark facing the 2022 St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup was what version of Paul DeJong was going to show up for this season. Unfortunately for DeJong and the club, DeJong continues to look far removed from his past All-Star self.
DeJong still possess the power necessary to change a game with one swing of the bat, and is one of the better defensive shortstops in all of baseball. The issues remain the same with DeJong though, high strikeout rate paired with low on-base skills, and the power is just not consistent enough to balance that out.
With Edmundo Sosa, Tommy Edman, Brendan Donavan, and Nolan Gorman all vying for playing time in the middle infield, DeJong may find himself losing playing time quickly, and based on his start to the season, I was predict his struggles continue as other names rise to replace him in the lineup.