Cardinals shouldn't be pushing the panic button just yet

By Stephen Nations

KSDK SPORTS - Matt Carpenter has one double. Jhonny Peralta has three hits in his last 20 at-bats and is carrying an OBP of .267. Matt Adams has become a singles hitter. Peter Bourjos has reached first base safely just 13 times. Yadi struggled yesterday and now he's on his way to Slump City to hang out with Mayor Craig. The team has gone over 300 at-bats without a home run. Albert Pujols is thriving in Los Angeles. The sky is falling.

That's pretty much the common narrative that I'm finding in every article I've read about the Birds from every outlet in the country, and while things haven't been gravy the past ten days, I hardly find this to be a long-term concern. Mike Matheny agrees, stating that the team is getting away from the things that made them the most prolific offense in the National league. "We have to try to improve. Part of that is knowing counts to drive the ball. It's about grinding at-bats. That's the offense we are. If we get our guys up there thinking about home runs and extra-base hits, You're going to see poor at-bats" Matheny said when asked about his team's recent power outage.

As much as it doesn't look like it based on results, things will be coming around. Allen Craig's line drive percentage rose and his groundball percentage dropped about 5% over the week; a major factor is his season-long slump. Yadier still batted .350 over the past 7 days and Oscar Taveras is crushing the ball in Memphis and you can see Matt Carpenter turning a corner in his approach. Although he's only 1 for his last 11, Carpenter has had some bad luck as of late and proved he's heating up with a 4-5 with-a-double performance in New York last Wednesday.

It's important to keep in mind that this is just one stretch that can and will happen to any given team in any season. A 2-5 stretch is nothing out of the ordinary and is only magnified by the fact that we're just a month in to the season. We know these guys can hit, and we absolutely know that they can pitch. Keep your hands off of the panic button for another week or so.

Stephen Nations is an aspiring sports and Cardinals columnist. He will be contributing his commentary to during the 2014 season. You can follow him on twitter at @Nayshface.


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