Rotate the Cardinals’ middle infielders with DeJong
While the club has gotten much better production from the shortstop position since demoting DeJong, there are cracks beginning to show in this current setup.
While Edman, Gorman, and Brendan Donovan began their 2022 campaigns in St. Louis with hot starts, each of them has cooled off in the last few months, but especially in July.
Edman has played in 92 games this season, and his OPS has begun to fall off a cliff, with it sitting at .515 over the last 28 days. Gorman and Donovan have also seen regression, sitting at .679 and .548 OPS respectively this month, both down from their season average.
For Edman, it seems playing almost every game for St. Louis this season is starting to take a toll, and it would be helpful to find more off days for the fan favorite to maintain high levels of play in the second half. Donovan and Gorman are both probably being relied on too heavily to produce day to day, and the club could use other options to supplement their play.
Giving DeJong a shot again allows the club to rest Edman when necessary, or shift him to second base against left-handed pitching and allow Gorman to sit out against his glaring weakness. Donovan then shifts back into a utility man role, which would better suit him, playing more often than not but filling in all over the place. He also would no longer be relied on to carry the production at one position day in and day out.
If DeJong struggles again, the club can then DFA him, or barely play him like they are doing with Sosa at the moment. Donovan could become the backup infielder, and one of the Cardinals’ many outfield options can replace Donovan’s time out there.