Jun 10, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) works out before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Is Allen Craig coming around?


One of the more head scratching performances of the 2014 season is that of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Allen Craig.

Craig started miserably slow in April, hitting only .229, picked things up in May by hitting .298, but has had an up and down June.

Sitting with a mere .706 OPS on the season, it could be worth buying low on Craig, the same guy who was near automatic with runners in scoring position a season ago.

Hopefully, judging by Monday, Craig is starting to come around again.

Craig had three hits Monday against the Mets, his first three-hit performance since May 21. Although he hasn’t homered in 17 games and has only two multi-RBI performances in that span, you have to think that eventually Craig will come around.

There are some signs not to like, mostly his line drive percentage, which has plunged dramatically. As a result his ground ball percentage is up to a whopping 54.4 percent. As a result his ISO and BABIP are also very poor.

However you have to think his line drive percentage will improve by season’s end.

While he won’t drive in 90 runs again, I would expect to see his batting average to ultimately rise to the .280-.285 range, which means the RBI’s should increase as well.

Add in the fact that the Cardinals have scored the sixth fewest runs in all of baseball, something that should also increase during the summer months and you may want to take a gamble on a few Cardinals hitters.

While I am extremely down on a guy like Matt Holliday, I’m much more optimistic on a guy like Craig.

You can likely get him cheap and I would recommend doing so as Craig is one of the better buy-low candidates out there right now.

He won’t duplicate his numbers of the past couple of seasons, but should pick things up enough to have a pretty solid second half.

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