The year didn’t start great for the St. Louis Cardinals because of a few things that just didn’t go their way. As the season’s first month has gone on however, they have shown to be one of the toughest teams in Major League Baseball, especially on offense. Ty Wigginton is hitting like .750 against Cole Hamels and still didn’t get a start. He figured to get one against Roy Halladay who is another Philadelphia Phillies pitcher he hits well.
He would get plenty of at-bats against these pitchers and more if he was on a different team. The one he plays for just has too many hot bats at once for manager Mike Matheny to fit in. That is a problem he obviously enjoys having and who wouldn’t? The Cardinals are hitting a major league leading .392 with runners in scoring position. In case you aren’t familiar with baseball stats; that is phenomenal.
Incidentally it probably has a little something to do with why they are 7 – 3 in their last ten games. Timely hitting and decent pitching will win some ballgames folks. That is the situation that is going well for the Cardinals. It just so happens that Wigginton and others like him don’t get near enough at-bats considering their performance. It’s okay though because they play more than most bench players and that keeps the regular starters on fresh legs. As long as that continues to be Matheny’s “problem”, the Cardinals will continue to lead the NL Central.