What in the world are the St. Louis Cardinals going to do with outfielder Peter Bourjos?
With Bourjos, Jon Jay, Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty all vying for spots in the Redbirds' big league outfield, Bourjos is again shrinking from the competition, sinking his average for the spring to .050 thanks to a lackluster 0-for-4 day Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
There are still two weeks to go before teams start making final roster cuts. But Bourjos hasn't shown a darn thing at the plate so far. He needs to wake up quickly and make a statement.
The best thing on Bourjos' side right now is that Jay is still out with a wrist injury. But if Jay was at 100 percent -- and with Grichuk hitting .286 with three home runs already, Piscotty batting .300 with a pair of stolen bases and Pham batting .412 with a homer and five RBIs this spring -- I can't see how the Redbirds could shove aside a productive player for a guy who wilted last season when he had multiple chances to earn playing time -- and then did it again this spring.
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I'm tired of hearing about Bourjos' skills. It's well past time to see some real world application.
If the Cardinals keep Bourjos in 2015 with hopes he'll finally put it all together, he's going to gripe all year about his perception that he is being treated unfairly because he's not handed playing time. So he needs to either figure out how to produce offensively and earn his way into the batting order, or the Cardinals need to find a trade partner.
Another guy who didn't have a great day Sunday was starting pitcher Carlos Martinez who surrendered five runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 3 1/3 innings of work. He struck out one.
Matt Belisle was pretty good with a scoreless frame of relief with one hit allowed and a strikeout.
At the plate, Pete Kozman was 3-for-4 to raise his spring average to .389. Grichuk was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs driven in and another scored. Kolten Wong collected a hit in two trips to the plate.