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16 Kolten Wong 2B
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 10/10/1990 | Birthplace: Hilo, HI | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/91 | Average Draft Position: 162.38
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Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong not starting on Tuesday vs. White Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is getting just his second day off in the last 19 games, as he is being held out of the lineup on Tuesday. Wong has been hitting at a decent clip recently, batting .275 with two home runs over his last 10 games.

And, despite a strong .284 average against southpaws this season, the lefty-swinging Wong will take a seat against a tough left-hander in Chris Sale.

Pete Kozma is getting the start at second base while batting eighth against the White Sox on Tuesday.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong doubles, plates two runs in win Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong got the scoring started on Thursday. Wong went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI in the 5-1 victory over the Marlins.

Wong laced a run-scoring two-bagger in the third inning to give his team an early 1-0 lead. He later walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run.

Wong is now batting .225 over his last 10 games.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong slams ninth home run of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit his ninth home run of the season in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Wong slammed a two-run shot to right field in the top of the third inning, giving his team a lead they wouldn't give up. He ended the day going 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Over his last four games, Wong is hitting .235 with two home runs and five RBI.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong gets rare break Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) A matchup against Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan has provided a good opportunity for the Cardinals to give second baseman Kolten Wong a rest. He is out of the lineup Sunday.

Wong has hit a solid .267 (19-for-71) against southpaws this season. But he could use the break - he has started all but two games since May 19.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong hits two-run home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong belted a two-run home run in the second inning of Friday's 12-4 win over the Phillies. Wong's home run, his eighth of the season, gave the Cards an early 4-0 lead.

The home run was Wong's only hit of the night, as he continues to struggle at the plate. Over his last 10 games, Wong is batting .154 (6 for 39), though he does have two home runs over that span. 


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong out of the lineup against Dodgers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong will not start against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Wong, who is coming off of consecutive multi-hit games, will be replaced by Pete Kozma.

For the season, Wong is hitting .314 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 204 at-bats.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong finding his own style in leadoff role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has reached base in 8 of 16 game-opening plate appearances in 2015, per MLB.com. 

"It's kind of been trials here and there," Wong said. "Most coaches don't really like me being a leadoff hitter just because I'm so aggressive, but I've learned how to kind of be aggressive but in the zone and be someone who can still see pitches and get on base." 

Wong has a .269/.319/.373/.693 slash line in 16 games in the leadoff spot this season. He also has one home run, four doubles, three RBI, 11 runs, five walks, 12 strikeouts and one stolen base.

"I kind of just bought into the fact that being a leadoff hitter, you need to have your own style," Wong said. "For me, I'm still aggressive, I'll still swing at the first pitch, but I'm making sure when I swing early in the count, it's on balls I know I can drive. When I do that and stay aggressive in the strike zone, I'm doing fine."


Cardinals' Kolten Wong hits sixth home run of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong got back in the hit column by hitting a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Wong was on a nine-game hitting streak before failing to record one on Tuesday. He finished 1 for 5 on Wednesday. Wong now has six home runs for the season. 

Wong now has a slash line of .316/.373/.483.


Kolten Wong gets three hits in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 5 in Monday's extra-inning win over Arizona. 

Wong scored once, doubled--his ninth of the year--and stole his fourth base. 

Wong has hit in nine straight games and is 5 for his last 9. 


Cardinals' Kolten Wong 'getting more comfortable' leading off


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is 8 for 19 with three walks in his last five games, which have all come with him slotted in the leadoff spot.

"I’m definitely getting more comfortable," Wong said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I’m starting to realize what kind of hitter I am. I understand that I can see some pitches and still be comfortable going deep into at-bats. Before, I kind of panicked leading off because I wasn’t someone who was comfortable taking pitches. Now I know I can still drive balls, no matter what the count. It just takes time. Leadoff isn’t an easy place to hit at. It’s all about learning and understanding how to hit leadoff and then buying into it."

The lineup change as pushed third baseman Matt Carpenter to the No. 2 spot, a move he sees as positive for the offense.

"I think we’re a better offense with him hitting leadoff and me hitting in the second spot," Carpenter said. "He just needed to develop as a hitter, and we’re seeing what he’s been able to become — a guy that can have tough at-bats. That’s the key to what a leadoff (hitter) is. It’s not giving away at-bats. And he hasn’t given away at-bats all year."

Wong's recent hot stretch gives him a .315/.369/.469 line with five home runs and 22 RBI in 162 at-bats.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong drives in two RBI in win over Mets


(5/21/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 5 and drove in two RBI in his team's 9-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Wong scored the first run of the game on a first-inning double by Jhonny Peralta. He then singled in runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

"That's us clicking on all cylinders," Wong said.

Wong has hit .311/.358/.473 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 148 at-bats. 


Kolten Wong back in leadoff spot, Matt Adams at cleanup for Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Peter Bourjos resting after facing left-hander Jonathon Niese, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny inserted second baseman Kolten Wong back in the leadoff spot Wednesday night against the Mets.

With Wong back in the leadoff spot, Matheny moved Randal Grichuk to the eighth spot. Matt Adams also returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup against Bartolo Colon and the Mets.

Wong is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with four homers and 13 RBI over his last 16 games. Adams is hitting .105 (4 for 38) with nine strikeouts over his last 13 games played.


Peter Bourjos out of Cards' lineup Monday, Randal Grichuk gets CF nod


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) Center fielder Peter Bourjos is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday in New York against the Mets, as the recently activated (back) Randal Grichuk will get the start in center, batting eighth. 

Grichuk began the season on the Cards' Opening Day roster but was shelved April 24 with a lower back strain. He was activated May 16 and is 2 for 5 since his return. 

Bourjos is hitting .160 (4 for 25) over his last eight games.

With Bourjos out of the lineup, second baseman Kolten Wong moves up to hit leadoff for just the third time this season.

"We'll keep feeling our way through it and hopefully somebody will take advantage of it, or nightly, somebody will take advantage of it," manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "We have to find that good mix."


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong crushes go-ahead home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 1 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 2-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Wong did his damage in the sixth inning with the game tied at 1. Wong crushed an Alfredo Simon offering over the right field wall for a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

"I just had an idea what was coming," Wong said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He attacked Carp, Heyward and (Matt Adams) the same way. He started going with the splitter early. He didn’t show me a single fastball my first two at-bats, so I went up there and was guessing for a fastball. If he'd thrown a splitter, I'd start battling after that, I wanted to go up there being ready for a fastball just in case.

"I was just looking to drive something in the gaps. I know if I hit something good I have the power to hit one out. I don't try to do too much, just put a good swing on pitches I know I can drive and get something going. I just wanted to get in scoring position somehow."

Wong isn't worrying about his move toward the bottom of the order.

"Not really," he said. "Obviously being the first batter is different, but any other position throughout the lineup, it doesn't really matter to me where I'm hitting. Wherever Mike puts me (I'm fine). I'm not a guy who's going to want to hit in one position. I know I can hit anywhere in the lineup and help produce."

Wong is now hitting .311 with 18 RBI in 132 at- bats this season.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong slugs fourth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the Pirates Sunday.

The Cardinals fell behind after just one inning, but Wong was able to briefly tie the game with his sixth-inning home run. It was his second home run in the last three games and his third during his current eight-game hitting streak.

Wong has hit .336/.380/.518 with four home runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases in 110 at-bats.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong drives in three runs during Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 5 at the plate with three RBI during Friday's 8-5 win over the Pirates.

Wong's biggest hit came in the seventh inning when he hit a three-run home run off Arquimedes Caminero. Wong has hit safely in the last six games and is 13 for 22 during that span with two home runs and eight RBI. He is now batting .340 on the season.


Cardinals sit Jon Jay, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong vs. lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, first baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Kolten Wong are out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Cubs and lefty Jon Lester.

Jay has made six straight starts in the leadoff spot but will cede the top of the order to Peter Bourjos Wednesday. Adams was also on the bench in the team's recent two games against lefty starters Saturday and Monday, and he'll sit for a third time in the last five games in favor of Mark Reynolds. Wong has started 24 of the team's 26 games at second base but will sit for the second time in a four-game span.

The Cardinals are favorites (-119) at home against the Cubs Wednesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Kolten Wong goes 3 for 4 in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 4 and drove in a run in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. 

Wong scored twice, hit his fifth double of the year and reached 11 RBI on the season. He's now hitting .323.  


Carpenter, Wong in Cards' lineup for Monday; Molina out


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Although he exited Sunday's game with light headness, third basman Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday, batting second.

Kolten Wong received a rest and was not in Sunday's lineup for the Cards but returns Monday, playing second base and batting seventh.

Struggling catcher Yadier Molina, who's been dealing with knee soreness, will not start Monday as Tony Cruz gets the nod at catcher and will hit eighth.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong smacks walk-off home run Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 4 at the plate in St. Louis' 3-2 win over the Pirates in 14 innings on Sunday.

Wong stepped in the box in the 14th after going 2 for 3 to start the game. Wong then lifted a 1-1 pitch from Radhames Liz over the right field wall for a solo home run to win the game, his second of the season.

"I didn't want to bloop something in or anything like that," Wong said to the Associated Press. "I wanted to drive something and either score myself or get in scoring position." 

Wong boosted his average to .294 with eight RBI in 85 at-bats this season.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter exits game with 'light headness'


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter left Sunday's game against the Pirates with light headness, the team has announced.

Carpenter was 1 for 3 with a home run before exiting.

Kolten Wong subsequently entered the game at second base and Peter Kozma, who started at second, moved over to third.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Wong is getting his first break from the starting lineup in more than two weeks Sunday, with Pete Kozma filling in and batting eighth. Wong has hit .272/.322/.383 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 81 at-bats.

The Cardinals are favorites (-142) against the Pirates Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong homers, drives in three runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Wong smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to help build a lead that stretched to 5-0 by the top of the third, but the Nationals were able to score five runs in the bottom of the third to even the score. The second baseman then broke the tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning before the Cardinals tacked on another run in the ninth.

"He’s an exciting player. Every aspect of the game," manager Mike Matheny said after the game, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We want to see him constantly pushing to show that. And looking for opportunities to show that. And when he does, man, it’s special. When you’re having one of those days go ahead and shine."

Wong had been struggling with the bat coming into the Nationals series, but back-to-back three-hit games have boosted his line to .325/.396/.475 to go with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in 40 at-bats.


Pete Kozma replace Kolten Wong in Cardinals' Saturday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.


Pete Kozma starts for Kolten Wong in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. 

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.