Better Off Without Fowler

Numbers point to horrible mistake.
Numbers point to a horrible mistake.

When you sign a guy to a hefty contract, in part, for reasons other than his baseball skills, you are walking into a minefield.

And in the case of Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler, it seems President Moe may have stepped… into something.

One of the reasons Fowler was signed this past winter, per President Moe, was he would help the fractions of the clubhouse bind together. Well, in a recent appearance on the “Bernie Miklasz Show” heard on 101.1 FM in St. Louis, Cardinals.com reporter Jenifer Langosch claimed the Cardinals clubhouse is still cliquish.

Whoops.

And then there is the matter of Fowler playing way, way, way below his pay grade. Per Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are much better off without Fowler. In a big way.

Including last night’s 4-0 loss to the Snakes, the Cardinals are 14-7 (.666) when Fowler doesn’t play. When Fowler comes off the bench the Cardinals are 5-2. When Fowler starts, the Cardinals are 31-43 (.418).

Now it is certainly too early to throw in the towel on Fowler. He’s been hurt much of the year. One of those ailments is a bum heel Fowler has had to deal with for years. This, of course, begs the question, why the hell did President Moe dump so much DeWitt Cash in the lap of a center fielder with a bum wheel?

Through four months of ball, however, Fowler looks to be an awful investment.

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