By Jeremy Clements.
The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been better than some expected. To this point they have produced an average of 5.1 runs per game, which is 2nd best in the league. That total could rise in the near future with Allen Craig set to rejoin the big league roster today as the Cards start a three game set with Pittsburgh.
Craig spent his 28 at-bat rehab assignment fine tuning his swing and finished his short stint in the minors with a .357 average and 3 home runs. While three long balls isn’t going to blow your mind, his three homers surpasses the total number of round trippers the Cards have gotten from that position this season. Let’s compare the numbers:
Allen Craig: .357/.379/.679 with 3 HR and 8 RBI
Lance Berkman: .348/.500/.522 with 0 HR and 2 RBI
Matt Carpenter: 267/.333/.467 with 1 HR and 14 RBI
To date the Cardinals lone home run from a first basemen came from rookie first basemen Matt Carpenter. Lance Berkman, who was projected as the club’s every day first basemen at the start of the season, was limited to just 23 at-bats during baseballs opening month due to a strained calf. Berkman isn’t eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list yet so the Cardinals will have to make a roster move to clear a spot for Craig.
Erik Komatsu DFA’d
To make room for Craig on the roster, the Cardinals have designated outfielder Erik Komatsu for assignment. As a Rule 5 pick, Komatsu will have pass through waivers before being offered back to his former team, the Washington Nationals. The Cards could also work out a trade with Washington to retain the rights to Komatsu and then option him to AAA.
Komatsu has shown some potential, but his numbers weren’t good enough to justify keeping him on the major league roster. He is batting just .211 with 0 RBI’s in 19 at-bats. He’s also shown an inability to execute some simple plays, most notably not being able to get down bunts and advance runners at key moments in the game.