4 surprising standouts in April for St. Louis Cardinals

Miranda Remaklus
CINCINNATI, OHIO - APRIL 22: A detail view of St. Louis Cardinals hats in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - APRIL 22: A detail view of St. Louis Cardinals hats in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – APRIL 22: A detail view of St. Louis Cardinals hats in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – APRIL 22: A detail view of St. Louis Cardinals hats in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The St. Louis Cardinals have had a slow start to the 2022 season. They have had a handful of standouts who should help them as we go deeper into the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals are ending the month of April with a record of 11-9. While they have either split or taken a game from a series, the Cardinals have yet to sweep a series.

This slow start is likely the result of the MLB lockout combined with a shortened Spring Training along with a delayed start to the regular season.

The Cardinals started the season with high hopes after bringing back fan-favorite and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. He has two home runs on the season, bringing him to 681 home runs all time. Many would love to see him get about 19 more in order to reach 700.

The team does seem to have issues with pitching. Jack Flaherty is on the injured list due to right shoulder discomfort. Alex Reyes is expected to spend extended time on the injured list as well. The club has Jordan Hicks working as the fifth starter. Adam Wainwright is the presumptive ace with Miles Mikolas, Steven Matz, and Dakota Hudson helping. The bullpen appears to be a bright spot with Jake Woodford, Genesis Cabrera, and Giovanny Gallegos working hard.

It’s been frustrating to see as the Cardinals have had very slow starts from Paul DeJong, Corey Dickerson, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill, and Dylan Carlson.

This is Oli Marmol’s first season as the Cardinals manager and he is doing outstanding work, considering. He has definitely kept his promise of being different from previous Cardinals’ skippers as he does seem better in playing guys that fit match-ups. He is also better at working with bench coach Skip Schumaker to use the information provided by analytics and hitting coach Jeff Albert to help the players. As the season unfolds and we get deeper into the season, we should definitely see the Cardinals get out of their slumps and improve.

Let’s take a look at the players who have stood out during the month of April.

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