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Where Have You Gone Allen Craig?

ESPN has this nice little feature where it projects out player stats for an entire season. It’s obviously not a perfect predictor and involves some pretty simple math… but it gives you an idea of where a season will end up for a player if things stay about where they are at right now.

Allen Craig should not look at this page. If you’re Allen Craig, please click off this site. Is he gone? Ok… here’s what we can expect from Mr. Craig in 2014:

  • 157 Games Played | .202 AVG | 119 K | 52 RBIs | .577 OPS | 38 BBs | .252 OBP

I double checked and I didn’t make a bunch of typos. That’s a .202 AVG with double the amount of strikeouts to RBIs. And power numbers that Shane Robinson kind of thinks are bad.

Craig wore the collar again on Tuesday night, going 0-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals are now back to .500 (17-17), while the Braves broke a 7 game losing streak. When you take a look at Craig’s 10 game log, you see this is the 3rd hitless night in the last 4 games.

CraigI kind of felt like Craig turned a corner on April 30th when he busted out a 4 for 5 night, but since then, he’s had 2 hits, neither for extra bases. I’m too lazy to look up just how many of hits were actual solid contact this season, but I’d be willing to bet a dollar that at least 6 of his 26 were bloopers, infield hits, dribblers, et al.

It’s not like he’s getting jerked around with his playing time. He’s been in the line-up day in and out for the Cards, only getting 1 day off. The front office and Manager Mike Matheny have been nothing but supportive.

Still, no production. No end of this slump in sight.

We’re closing in on the 1/4 mark of the season and Craig has yet to show even a fraction the form he displayed his first two full seasons in St. Louis. Hell, he hit .454 with runners in scoring position last year… the 3rd highest average of ALL TIME. This guy had a .300+ AVG heading into the season.

Allen Craig is no fluke. He shouldn’t be gripping this hard.

So what the what is going on with The Wrench? As far as the naked eye test, no noticeable swing change can be detected. The papers and blogs haven’t turned up any salacious personal rumors. It’s just baffling.

Maybe you are Allen Craig. And maybe you’re still reading this.

If so, just know that we’re with you, buddy. We like you. We’re rooting for you. Forget about the first 34 and let’s start clean tomorrow. You got your contract. You got your managers support. You got some good will banked with The Nation.

It’s time to get out there and hack like we know you can.

Photo: StanGraphs.com

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