St. Louis Cardinals: The Awakening of Dexter Fowler
April 29, 2016
The St. Louis Cardinals spent money this off-season on their new center fielder. What started slowly for the new Cardinal, has turned around and all of MLB is taking notice.
Dexter Fowler joined the St. Louis Cardinals this off-season and was brought in to bolster the outfield defense as well as to become the newest lead-off hitter. Fowler, in his career, has been a great batter but Cardinals Nation experienced indigestion as the 2017 campaign began and Fowler’s bat was quiet.
Fowler’s first four games saw him going 1-for-4, 1-for-4, 1-for-5, and 0-3. At the conclusion of those first four games, Dexter’s slash sat at a sad .188/.278/.188. This was NOT what the St. Louis Cardinals purchased.
The St. Louis Cardinals and all of Cardinals Nation had to find patience. This patience, however, would certainly be tested. Through the series in Washington (through nine games on the season), Fowler’s slash had not improved and sat at .171/.275/.200.
Even more shockingly were his strikeout numbers: through the Nationals series, Fowler had K’d twelve times. On his career, Fowler typically strikes out between a career-low of 104/season to a career-high of 154/season (two seasons ago in Chicago). These equate to 0.64 K/game to 0.95 K/game. Through the first nine games, Fowler had set a pace to go 216 Ks on the season.
All-in-all, Dexter has awakened and is carrying the St. Louis Cardinals with him. We members of Cardinals Nation hope he continues his recent trend and that the Cardinals follow suit. Thanks for reading and GO CARDINALS!