How does Taveras’ start stack up?

One of the stories this season has been the slow start of Oscar Taveras. Just how slow required some research, so that’s what I did. Taveras has 116 plate appearances so far in his short Major League career, so I went and found the first 116 plate appearances of the other offensive players on the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

Oscar Taveras – .220/.259/.321, 2 HR

Yadier Molina – .260/.336/.300, 0 HR
Matt Adams – .299/.342/.420, 5 HR
Kolten Wong – .193/.210/.220, 0 HR
Jhonny Peralta – .211/.252/.321, 2 HR
Matt Carpenter – .242/.330/.373, 2 HR
Matt Holliday – .299/.353/.561, 7 HR
Jon Jay – .385/.435/.596, 3 HR
Allen Craig – .236/.287/.406, 4 HR
Daniel Descalso – .238/.237/.327, 1 HR
Peter Bourjos – .198/.238/.371, 3 HR

Oh, and my favorite comparison,

Oscar Taveras – .220/.259/.321, 2 HR
Adam Wainwright – .262/.280/.340, 3 HR

What does this really tell us? Nothing. History has shown us that you can’t really project a career based on the first 116 plate appearances. I just thought it’d be fun to see how Oscar stacked up.

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