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Poll: St. Louis Cardinals hitting leaders in 2013

You’ve made your predictions as to how the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals will turn out. You’ve weighed in on the team’s pitching leaders this season. Now, it is time to do the same for the hitters.

The 2012 Cardinals featured five 20-home run hitters, with Carlos Beltran leading the way with 32. Matt Holliday had 27, with David Freese, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina all in the 20-22 range.

Holliday led the club last season with 102 RBI, but Beltran and Craig were within 10. Freese and Molina were in the upper 70’s.

Last year’s Cardinals had three .300 hitters in Molina, Craig and Jon Jay. Freese and Holliday just missed that milestone.

So, here in 2013, will the same names be back on those leaderboards or will an emerging player like Matt Carpenter stake his claim?

Now it is time to predict your 2013 team leaders in home runs, RBI and batting average. Please vote in the three polls that follow and discuss your thoughts below.

Links to earlier polls on team results and pitching leaders.

Who will lead the Cardinals in home runs?

  • Matt Holliday (41%, 47 Votes)
  • Allen Craig (34%, 40 Votes)
  • Carlos Beltran (18%, 21 Votes)
  • Yadier Molina (3%, 4 Votes)
  • David Freese (2%, 2 Votes)
  • other (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 116

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Who will drive in the most runs?

  • Craig (51%, 55 Votes)
  • Holliday (32%, 34 Votes)
  • Molina (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Beltran (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Freese (4%, 4 Votes)
  • other (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Who will lead the Cardinals in batting average?

  • Yadier Molina (28%, 30 Votes)
  • Allen Craig (19%, 20 Votes)
  • Matt Carpenter (18%, 19 Votes)
  • Matt Holliday (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Jon Jay (11%, 12 Votes)
  • Carlos Beltran (6%, 6 Votes)
  • other (3%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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15 Responses to “Poll: St. Louis Cardinals hitting leaders in 2013”

  1. blingboy says:

    I get the feeling people don’t think Carlos will get the PAs to lead. If so, I’m with them. Hopefully it will be because Matheny used him conservatively all season long.

    Craig’s bloody knee, three games in, reminds me that he may not get enough either.

    I decided to go with players on the upslope of their career so I went with Craig for HR and RBI, and Yadi for avg. Yadi being on the upslope as to offense, even if he’s already reached the top otherwise.

    Holliday could take the Cardinals triple crown, but I doubt he will.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    They claim Kozma’s dinger went 440 feet. Thats quite a blast for a SS. Wow, Pete. .

  3. blingboy says:

    David Freese went 1 for4 with a double and 2 rbi. He played the field as well.

    Memphis played 2, in the first game Albitz played SS, with Garcia in the second game, underway now.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Good effort by Westbrook.

    The Cards need to battle to try to eke out some wins and survive April. They do not want to dig a deep early hole. But playing the Giants in SF is a tough day at the office. We shall have to hope Miller steps up with a good game.

    After a rough spring training, Old Wiggy is still looking for his first hit. It may take a while.

  5. Nutlaw says:

    Getting destroyed by Zito is one of my least favorite trends that the Cardinals have been starting of late.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Zito may be in his walk year. Zito will be highly motivated to crank up a good season during 2013, to earn still more ill-gotten gains via a successor contract.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    At least we added a right swinging power bat off the bench in Wigginton to help versus southpaws. Mighty Wiggy struck out. No joy in Mudville.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    For today, I’d like to see the Cards play Adams at 1B and Beltran in RF. With Descalso, Jay, and Carpenter, this would give us 5 left swingers against RHP Vogelsong.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    Wow, Pete is all over Vogelsong today. I have seen worse games by a SS for the Cards.

  9. blingboy says:

    Robinson looks like a good bat off the bench. Maybe he will mentor Wiggy.

    The Kozmanator rolls on, proving that Bill James doesn’t know anything.

    • crdswmn says:

      Bill James knows a small sample size when he sees one.

      • blingboy says:

        Size matters, I get it.

        Pete is closing in on 200 PAs, regular and post-season, most of it crunch time, and much of it against the best competition MLB has to offer.

        The cyberwonk apologists are squirming.

        • crdswmn says:

          I will be tickled pink if Kozma confounds everyone and turns out to be a much better player than previously thought. However, it will take more than 100 PAs to convince me.

        • Brian Walton says:

          It is easy to talk nice about Kozma now. Show me anyone who predicted success for him last August.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          SS is above all a defensive position. Pete seems to defending the position well, with energy and determination.
          For a SS, he looks like he will have enough bat. He probably could not serve as an everyday 2Bman, since he does not have enough bat for 2B.

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