St. Louis Cardinals may activate 1B Allen Craig for World Series

  • David Whitlock

After their dominating performance in Game Six of the National League Championship Series, the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals can start making plans to travel to Detroit or Boston for World Series Game 1 on Wednesday.  The biggest  decision they have to make is whether to activate All-Star 1B Allen Craig, who has been sidelined since September 4 with a foot injury.  According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig went through 10 simulated at bats on Friday and went well:

Craig faced Jake Westbrook, Sam Freeman and rehabbing lefty Jaime Garcia.  “It didn’t look like he really missed much (time), to be honest,” manager Mike Matheny said.  “If it’s up to me, I’ll be there” for the World Series, Craig said. “I’m ready. I feel I can help.”

Despite only playing in 134 games, Craig led the Red Birds with 97 RBI (good for 8th in the National League).  With the Designated Hitter being in play for the series, the extra power bat would be welcome and would then keep him off the balky foot for most of the evening.

Allen Craig would fill in the DH role nicely in the World Series (Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar)

Allen Craig would fill in the DH role nicely in the World Series
(Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar)

Craig has made less than $2.5M in replacing Albert Pujols at 1B since the former Cardinal bolted for the Los Angeles Angels for $28M over the past two years.  Craig has more RBI (189 to 169) and hitting for better average (.311 to .275).  Is it any wonder the Cardinals are playing deep into October for the second straight year while the Angels are playing golf?

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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