DeJong’s 1st multihomer game leads Cards over Mets 5-1

Paul DeJong made the right decision to give up the scalpel, trumpet and piano to concentrate on baseball.

A rising star on the St. Louis Cardinals, the 24-year-old shortstop had the first multihomer game of his young big league career Sunday and helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-1 to avoid an opening three-game sweep.

A grind is like the perfect definition of what it was, Weaver said.

Nothing like self-motivation on social media to get Dexter Fowler going at the plate. The Cardinals outfielder snapped a 0-for-13 slump to start the season with a third-inning single to center.

Before the game, Fowler wrote I will get a hit 13 times in a tweet. After Fowler broke through, the Indians’ Jose Ramirez and the Astros’ Josh Reddick , posted similar tweets. Both players have also opened the year with extended hitless streaks.

Fowler didn’t last long on the bases though. He was thrown out trying to steal second by Pina following his single.

He’s got that look in his eye back, when he was dominant, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. Even in the bullpen, you can just see it. He’s back to what he was before.

After all, Andrew Benintendi had an 0-for-26 streak last season. If that had happened in the first weeks of April and you had cut him, you’d have missed out on a .283-BA/20-HR season the rest of the campaign. Corey Kluber’s ERA after three starts last season was 6.38. I realize that isn’t the same thing as watching Kevin Gausman start 2018 with a 13.50 ERA. You’re not cutting a potential Cy Young winner after a few clunkers. However, if Gausman were good enough for you to draft him in late March, don’t cut him one week later. You have to give your players a little room to figure things out. (Although feel free to bench him when he faces the Yankees later this week, just in case.)

Kyle Soppe: Making moves before the end of April isn’t for the faint of heart, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There are players in the league that you believe in more than most and simply didn’t wind up with on draft day, so if a player like that struggles out of the gate, I am likely to make a low-ball offer.

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