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Craig’s impressive RBI pace in early action

Rookie St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig has seven RBI in his first 15 career games.

Allen Craig (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Depending on your point of view, there is either much concern or much interest in the St. Louis Cardinals third base position. With incumbent David Freese out for the season, Allen Craig, moved from the hot corner to the outfield two years ago, made his first MLB appearance at third base Tuesday night.

Whether that is an indicator of a change ahead or a novelty like Aaron Miles pitching in the 18-4 home blowout administered by the Houston Astros remains to be seen.

However, with the bat, despite considerable focus on his low batting average, Craig has shown an early proficiency in plating runs. In fact, he has been among the most productive Cardinals in their first 15 career games in that stat since 1980.

Cardinals since 1980-7+ RBI in 1st 15 career games
(name, RBI, batting average)

J.D. Drew 13 (.385)
Adam Kennedy 12 (.291)
Albert Pujols 12 (.389)
Andy Van Slyke 10 (9-of-61 .173)
Bo Hart 9 (.412)
John Morris 9 (.204)
David Bell 8 (.280)
Tom Pagnozzi 8 (.219)
Luis Alicea 8 (.235)
Chris Duncan 8 (.294)
John Mabry 8 (.302)
John Rodriguez 8 (.356)
Eli Marrero 7 (.256)
Andy Rincon 7 (.206)
John Gall 7 (.222)
Stan Royer 7 (.375)
Allen Craig 7 (6-of-42 .158)

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.

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