Is Adron Chambers the Spark the St. Louis Cardinals Need?

Photo Credit: Scott Rovak

Photo Credit: Scott Rovak

With Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson being placed on the 15-day disabled list, the St. Louis Cardinals have called up Adron Chambers and Brock Peterson from Triple-A Memphis.

With the offense scoring a grand total of six runs in the past six games (all losses), the team obviously needs a spark. Thus, can Chambers be the spark the team needs?

In 326 at-bats for the Memphis Redbirds, Chambers is hitting .252 with eight home runs and 42 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is .338, and he is 15 for 17 on stolen bases. 25 of his 82 hits are for extra bases (eight home runs, four triples, 13 doubles) which gives him a .390 slugging percentage.

The big problem the Cardinals have now is that both of their center fielders bat left-handed. With Robinson being a right-handed bat, the team had been splitting time–giving Jay starts against righties and Robinson against lefties.

Jay Against Lefties in 2013:

73 at-bats: .151 batting average, .262 on-base percentage, .205 slugging, one home run, six RBI

Chambers Against Lefties in 2013:

83 at-bats: .145 batting average, .209 on-base percentage, .241 slugging, two home runs, 10 RBI

Jay Against Righties in 2013:

278 at-bats: .277 batting average, .348 on-base percentage, .381 slugging, four home runs, 33 RBI

Chambers Against Righties in 2013:

243 at-bats: .288 batting average, .379 on-base percentage, .440 slugging, six home runs, 32 RBI

Analysis:

Thus, if you compare the numbers, Chambers and Jay look like identical hitters. They have average to above-average numbers against right-handers, and they struggle mightily against left-handers.

However, as we all know, Jay’s defense has been lacking this season. His arm strength is poor and his reads on fly balls are just a step slower than past seasons. Chambers is not necessarily known for his throwing arm either, but he can chase down fly balls with the best of them. His outfield range is probably the best in the entire organization.

Chambers is absolutely ON FIRE in July. He has a .354 batting average, .391 on-base percentage, .573 slugging, four home runs, and 16 RBI. He is also 7 for 7 on stolen bases.

Thus, with the funk that the entire team seems to be in right now, Chambers should be given an opportunity to start in center field for the Cardinals. He has a fresh mind that has not been around the clubhouse that is undoubtedly down right now. He can bring an enthusiasm to the lineup that the team does not necessarily have right now.

With Jay’s decreased range this season, Chambers will provide an upgrade in the field, a slight upgrade at the plate, an upgrade on the base paths, and frankly, he is on fire right now, so he deserves a shot.

He very well could come back to Earth now that he is facing Major League pitching, but to me, with the way things are going for the offense, he is fully deserving of a shot to be in the starting lineup.  Will Matheny do this? Probably not, but if I was the manager of a team currently in a six-game losing streak, I would switch it up and insert Chambers into the lineup.

Oh yeah, one more thing: as I noted on Twitter, in his MLB career, Chambers is 2 for 4 with two triples and three RBI when putting the first pitch in play. Thus, when he comes to bat for the Cardinals, look for him to be first pitch swingin’!

Until next time…

Joe

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6 thoughts on “Is Adron Chambers the Spark the St. Louis Cardinals Need?

  1. Pingback: Is Adron Chambers the spark the St. Louis Cardinals seed? - StlSportsMinute.com : StlSportsMinute.com

  2. I don’t thinkd Chambers is the spark we need but……If he is to play I would put in in right field and sit beltran for a long while.

    Jay- he is hitting again and his past shows he hits lefties as well as righties…..I also disagree with you about it defense. When was the last a runner took an extra base on him???? I also disagree about his range, I haven’t seen but one or two ball all year he didn’t get the someone else would have….plus Jay is a winner and as he showed last two years down the stretch and his 8th inning catch, hit in extra innings,.,., just recently, he truely is clutch
    Beltran – piss pour defensive, just pathetic. Has left 30 runners on in week and a half… wears out and cant hit in second half…..plus he never comes through when it counts. we are in in title hunt and his track record shows he sucks with pressure (waino K-ing him, 0 rbi last 6 games of 2012 nlcs, only 5 games this year of our 22 that we won by 2 or less runs..and so on and so on…)

    I know Jay isn’t the big bonus baby with the big contract, but he is a proven winner and does the little things that win games. Carlos is a player who has admitted he only wants to stick around to pad his stats for the hall. I believe the Spark the Cardinals need is to sit Beltran, that would send a message, the right message.

  3. HI JOE, I TOTALLY AGREE. ALWAYS LIKED ADRON. ESPECIALLY SINCE HIS NO. IS 56 AND MY WIFE’S MAIDEN NAME IS CHAMBERS AND SHE WAS BORN IN 1956. ADRON AUTOGRAPHED ONE OF HIS JERSEYS FOR HER AND THEY BOTH THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY COOL. I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE HIM GET OFF TO SUCH A SLOW START AT MEMPHIS THIS YEAR AND GLAD TO SEE HE HAS RIGHTED HIS SHIP AND NOW DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY. WHAT DO U THINK OF TAVARES’ DEFENSE IN CF? ALSO, I DISAGREE QUITE A BIT WITH MR. CURTMAN BUT HE IS WELCOME TO HIS OPINION.

    • Bill, I wasn’t really giving an opinion, just pointing out true stats. I wish beltran hadn’t left 30 plus runners on last 2 weeks or that his stats dropped second half of last year and completely fell off in July this year. I also wish Beltran didn’t go our last 6 games of nlcs without and rbi.

      I am happy that Jay is hitting the ball all over the place in July and always comes up with the big catch that we need in late innings. Did you know that this year, Jays worst so far, his late inning pressure stats are off the roof!!!! .426 obp,.308 average, plus jay has 10 sac hits this year and 7 hbp along with 7 IBB. Now i am sorry to report that Beltran in late inning pressure,.271 obp and .227 batting ave, Ouch!!!!!! plus carlos only 3 sac and only 1 hbp and 0 IBB. Carlos doesn’t do the little things, nor the pressure things.

      Again, not my opoinion, just true facts….

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