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Pete Kozma is the new Shane Spencer

Oct 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

Pete Kozma AP

OK, so the comparison isn’t quite perfect, but I needed a catchy headline to get you to read about this craziness.

When the Cardinals lost starting shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season they called up Pete Kozma from Triple-A, where he’d hit just .232 with a .292 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage in 131 games. And that offensive ineptitude was nothing new for Kozma, whose career numbers in the minors include a .236 batting average and .652 OPS.

Kozma was the 18th overall pick in the 2007 draft coming out of high school, but at no point in his six-season career as a minor leaguer has he ever hit. His career-high OPS is .702 and his batting averages by season are .233, .258, 231, .243, .214, and .232. Based on his lengthy track record Kozma projected to be one of the majors’ worst hitters.

But the Cardinals called him up, mostly because they lacked other options, and then a funny thing happened: Kozma started hitting. So much, in fact, that manager Mike Matheny couldn’t possibly take him out of the lineup. So now through 23 games as a major leaguer Kozma has hit .338 with a .600 slugging percentage and .975 OPS. And the Cardinals, despite injuries to multiple key players, have hung tough in September and are headed to the playoffs, where Kozma can see if his deal with the devil extends past Game 162.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    Gotta Love This Dude! Watching Him Play, Thus Far, Has Been A Blast!
    Hang In There Pete!
    WOOT!
    -B.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Waiting for BFIB’s to show up in full on “Kozma-naut” gear, probably found sitting in between a fan in a Puma outfit (complete w/knee brace) and giant Rally Squirrel.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    “And the Cardinals, despite injuries to multiple key players, have hung tough in September and are headed to the playoffs, where Kozma can see if his deal with the devil extends past Game 162.”

    Headed to the playoffs? Headed to the playoffs? What are you doing Gleeman?
    They haven’t clinched ANYTHING. “Headed to the playoffs.” Geesh Man!
    Take it back!
    Take it back NOW!

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Oooh, you’ve been bitten by the blogger curse (proclaiming your team a postseason one), your team’s playoff chances are in peril. Still they’ve got some hope left. They weren’t picked by Calcaterra.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Thanks just it FC…C squared picked them as well! We are doomed!
        GLEEMAN: I am still waiting for a retraction. Do it!

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Oh well in that case M-O-O-N spells You’re Royally F*cked.

    • ajcardsfan - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      As soon as I read that, knocked on the table without even realizing it….and no that’s a sexual innuendo, I’m not Craig and thinking about Dog Fister

  3. sportsdrenched - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Does Bo Hart get kickbacks from the Devil every time he refers a Cardinal to him, and then a commission if said player actually signs up?

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