|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||530.00||21.00||.300||90.00||75.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Ross (Career)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||274||64||4|| .292|| .310|| .234|
|07/29/2014||Brett Gardner, LF NYY|
Justin Upton, LF ATL
Doug Fister, SP WAS
Wily Peralta, SP MIL
|Allen Craig, RF STL|
Yovani Gallardo, SP MIL
Dan Haren, SP LAD
Yasiel Puig, RF LAD
|07/29/2014||Adam LaRoche, 1B WAS||Allen Craig, RF STL|
|07/29/2014||Huston Street, RP LAA|
Pedro Alvarez, 3B PIT
|Jason Hammel, SP OAK|
Andrew Heaney, SP MIA
Allen Craig, RF STL
|Last 10 Games|
|Still no power in sight for Allen Craig |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(7/15/14) One of the most frequent questions I have been asked in recent weeks is, "Is it time to drop Allen Craig?". Up until recent days, I have urged patience with the Cardinals' first baseman/outfielder, but with no apparent end to a power drought that has lasted a full season, I'm finally ready to change my tune.
Allen Craig is droppable in standard mixed leagues.
As my colleague, Scott White, mentioned in his most recent column, a playing time squeeze could conceivably be reason enough to dump Craig, but he's done very little over the past 12 months to earn regular playing time. Even before the Lisfranc injury that brought Craig's regular season to a premature end last year, he was struggling to hit for power, and he's been just as punchless this season. Craig ended April with a .147 Isolated Power, and it's dipped even lower in May and June.
Over the course of this season, Craig has posted a DJ LeMahieu-like 58 percent ground ball rate, and it's actually increased during the month of July. If Craig had taken a turn for the better, I could see keeping him rostered in standard mixed leagues, but there truly is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Even his ability to hit for average has to be questioned. In each of the three previous seasons, Craig hit above .300, but each of those seasons in retrospect looks a little fluky. In 2011, he hit .372 on ground balls, and in 2012, he overachieved a bit on flyballs with a .148 BABIP. Then last season, Craig posted a 28 percent line drive rate that was out of line with his history and with major league norms.
Even if you buy into Craig as a .300 hitter -- and that is looking more and more like a stretch -- you simply can't trust him to produce enough power to be used at either first base or in the outfield. Outside of deeper leagues, it makes sense to let him go.
|Allen Craig breaks home run drought Saturday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(7/5/14) Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins Saturday.
The home run was the first for Craig since May 29 after enduring a homer-less month of June. He has hit .252/.303/.370 with seven home runs and 42 RBI in 330 at-bats.
|Struggling Allen Craig out of lineup again |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(7/4/14) Scuffling Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig has been benched for the second straight game Friday in San Diego.
Craig completed a disappointing first half of the season with six hits in 34 at-bats. His stat line of .252/.301/.362 is easily the worst of his career. The promotion of fellow outfielder Oscar Taveras from the minors could continue to limit Craig's playing time.
|On the one hand, Allen Craig's 2013 was the perfect follow-up to his breakout 2012. He made his first All-Star team while improving both his batting average and on-base percentage. He emerged as the preferred cleanup hitter in a loaded Cardinals lineup, driving in 97 runs with an incredible .454 batting average with runners in scoring position. But at the same time, his 2013 only furthered concerns about his durability -- ones that date back to his time in the minor leagues. He was doing fine until September, when what looked like a rolled ankle turned out to be a Lisfranc injury that kept him in a walking boot for weeks and forced him to miss the Cardinals' first two playoff series. He returned in time for the World Series and hit OK despite being noticeably hobbled. Still, when you consider he also missed the first month of 2012 recovering from knee surgery, you have to wonder if the 29-year-old's body will betray him again, especially now that he's moving to right field to free up first base for up-and-comer Matt Adams. As a well-rounded hitter with dual eligibility, Craig is on the border of elite status in Fantasy, especially if he gets back to hitting 20-plus homers, but the injury risk could drop him outside the top 10 first basemen and top 10 outfielders on Draft Day.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/29/14||@ SD||10:10 pm||Tyson Ross|
|7/30/14||@ SD||10:10 pm||Jesse Hahn|
|7/31/14||@ SD||3:40 pm||Odrisamer Despaigne|
|8/1/14||MIL||8:15 pm||Wily Peralta|
|8/2/14||MIL||7:15 pm||Jimmy Nelson|
|8/3/14||MIL||2:15 pm||Kyle Lohse|
|8/5/14||BOS||8:15 pm||Rubby De La Rosa|