Paul DeJong should be on the outs of the Cardinals’ postseason
DeJong’s continued inconsistency at the plate will land him outside the Cardinals postseason roster.
DeJong started the season in a significant slump that led to his demotion to Memphis. DeJong remained in Memphis for some time and hit .249/.313/.552 with an OPS of .865, 17 home runs, and 54 RBI. His resurgence at the plate in Memphis made it impossible for them not to bring him back. He shined in his first weeks, creating an abundance of talent in the middle infield.
But, in his last seven games, DeJong is hitting a terrible .083/.214/.083 with one hit, two runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. While in his last 30 games, he’s hit .182/.292/.351 and had 14 hits, three home runs, 13 RBI, nine walks, and 30 strikeouts. He’s been inconsistent, to say the least.
Tommy Edman has produced excellent numbers in his move from second base to shortstop to make room for top prospect Nolan Gorman. Brendan Donovan has been a surprise option as a super-utility player who can play second base if needed.
After the trade of Edmundo Sosa, Edman is the only option at shortstop after DeJong.
That said, it would be great to see DeJong have another resurgence and put up the numbers he is fully capable of doing in a push for the postseason roster. Marmol does like using DeJong situationally, so it will be interesting to see if he gets used more in the coming weeks to see if he could be another option for October.
It should be interesting to see how Marmol and staff use DeJong in the coming weeks and if they see him as a viable option for the postseason. With his play of late, fans can easily see him being left off.