Some sports writers and a good number of St. Louis Cardinals’ fans
have started to wonder what’s wrong with Allen Craig? The man is healthy, he
appears in nearly every game, and yet he just can’t seem to hit a home run to
save his life. The team, the fans, and sports writers all expect good things
out of Craig. Maybe he should be flattered that they are so concerned.
It’s a strange Twilight Zone-esque commentary coming from
the media. You can sit and watch Allen Craig knock in run after run while
simultaneously hearing about his growing number of plate appearances without a
home run. It feels odd to criticize a player’s performance at the dish while he
is actually giving the team precisely what it pays him to: produce runs.
Is he as good as 2012? Not yet. In 2012, Craig ended with a
.307 average, and a .876 OPS. He’s well short of that now, at .263/.652.
However, it’s interesting to note that he’s already racked up 18 RBIs. That’s
the same number of RBIs he totaled in 201...