Those three are pretty good with their averages hovering between .240 and .280. Beyond those three, the rest of the OF bench isn’t all that great.
First you have Tyler O’Neill. Before he came up, he was supposed to be a pretty good prospect. He’s done well this season, but not really as great as what was expected. Through his first 18 games, he’s hit .233 and he struck out 20 times in his first 43 at-bats.
It’s a small sample size but that becomes 200 strikeouts in 430 at-bats. For now, it might be best if he works things out before he gets a lot of playing time.
Then you have Dexter Fowler, and he’s a whole other story. He’s a good player, but this year he seems lost. After his first 66 games, he’s hit just .177.
His power is gone too as he’s on pace for his lowest home run total since 2014. He’s in a difficult spot though because he will be making a lot of money over the next few seasons.
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But if the Cardinals want to win more, they need Fowler to play less until he can heat up. This is true even if they need to eat up some of his salary. Having Bautista play over Fowler, even if it’s just for the first at-bat or two of a game might be able to alone raise the teams batting average a few points, and their power too.
The Cardinals can turn an unfortunate situation around and find new ways to win games with the help of Bautista. A team like the Cardinals would be in a spot to offer more for Bautista if he proves that he can keep up his production.