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Allen Craig unlikely to play again this season

Oct 3, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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Allen Craig is out for the NLDS because of a foot injury and general manager John Mozeliak does not expect him back for the playoffs regardless of whether the Cardinals make a deep run in October.

Appearing on 920-AM radio in St. Louis, the GM was asked about Craig’s return timetable and replied: “Could Craig play this postseason? Yes. Is it a high probability that he plays? No.”

Craig hit .315 with 13 homers and an .830 OPS in 134 games this season, including an NL-leading batting average with runners in scoring position, but the Cardinals are as prepared to replace him as any team could be thanks to Matt Adams. Limited to a part-time role for the much of the season, Adams hit .284 with 17 homers and an .839 OPS in 319 plate appearances overall and has the minor-league track record to suggest it was no fluke.

It’d obviously be nice to have both, especially since they swing from different sides of the plate and Craig is capable of playing multiple positions, but the Cardinals’ offense is certainly strong and deep enough to thrive with Adams at first base.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Wonderful!

    *s/

  2. moogro - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    He’s valuable.

  3. spudchukar - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    No Carpenter, No Motte, No Furcal, No Garcia, and now No Craig. It is astounding the Cards are where they are.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Add to that no Boggs,no Scrabble, no Lohse and it’s even more remarkable

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      On point Spud (and Bob).
      This is precisely why I feel Clint Hurdle should absolutely NOT be a shoo-in for NL Manager of the year.

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Matheny has little to do with the fact that those losses were overcome….the organization is responsible for developing and stacking talent and refusing to trade it for non-upgrade upgrades that are upgrades in name/experience only. Matheny is fine, I guess, but there isn’t anyone on the roster who is doing unexpected things compared to their minor league track record.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Right. I forgot Paper. Managers have absolutely nothing to do with the success and everything to do with the failure. I will try to do better next time.

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        No, they actually have little to do with winning or failure.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Right. I need to send in my resume then.
        Wonderful seats.

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        At least try to mock me with opinions that are mine.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I apologize. I got 1/2 right. At least give me credit for 50%!

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        True enough. You get 1/2 credit. :-)

    • tuberippin - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Just explains the depth of their farm system.

      No Carpenter, Lohse, and Garcia? Miller, Kelly, and Wacha are called up. 2012’s rotation of Wainwright-Lohse-Garcia-Lynn-Westbrook becomes Wainwright-Miller-Lynn-Wacha-Kelly.

      No Motte due to injury? Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Co. hold down the 8th and 9th innings with finesse.

      No Craig? The prospect-turned-1B/OF who supplanted Albert Pujols as a primary run-producer from first base is supplanted himself by power-hitting prospect 1B Matt Adams.

      No Furcal? Well…I guess they didn’t have ALL the answers. Pete Kozma is still terrible, but at least Daniel Descalso is passable. And luckily for St. Louis, Pittsburgh doesn’t have a quality shortstop either.

      That front office must be committing sorcery. They patch holes in their roster like nobody’s business.

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Descalso is terrible too, he’s just horrible in the field and bad at the plate instead of being good in the field and an abomination at the plate, like Kozma.

      • gibbyfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        no question–have to find a SS next year

  4. chrisernst82 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Adams is a beast! But it would be nice to have him especially due to that other side of the plate thing. Go Cards!!!

    • salvomania - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Or so that either he or Adams can DH if the Birds get far enough for that to be an issue….

      • tridecagon - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        This. The Cards are down to ZERO bats on the bench (just defensive subs/utility players and a speed guy). We could sure use Craig back sooner than later.

  5. jeffthomasb - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    New metric: WAAC– Wins Above Allen Craig. So far Adams is doing well in this category. Hope it holds out! Go Cards!

    Totally agree with Aaron, though– how nice would it be to have both these guys to mix up some righty-lefty matchups, and to be able to put Craig just about anywhere on the field when needed. Jeez, he’s a huge loss to the team..

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      0.0 WAAC is pretty dang good, I’m okay with any non-negative WAAC.

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