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Paul DeJong went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and two walks in the Cardinals 7-4 Wild Card win over the Padres on Wednesday.
DeJong had a day at the dish, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. The shortstop limped to a .212/.302/.263 batting line in September so the multi-hit performance was a step in the right direction. The Cardinals will look to close out the series on Thursday when they face Zach Davies.
Paul DeJong went 1-3 with a single and one RBI as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Sunday.
DeJong finishes the season worth 0.5 WAR, while batting .250 with three home runs, one stolen base, 17 runs and 25 RBI in 152 at-bats. He was unable to sustain his improved strikeout rate from 2019 as it worsened from 22.4% to 28.7% while his career average is 25.2%. His HR rate also regressed this season after his breakout 2019. DeJong did suffer from COVID-19 during the Cardinals outbreak which could have had an impact on his production this season. DeJong likely won't be drafted in standard 12-team redraft leagues in 2021 but will be worth monitoring in the early parts of next season.
Paul DeJong knocked in three runs on Friday - one in Game 1 and two in Game 2 - against the Pirates in a pair of doubleheader wins for the Cardinals.
He was 1-for-5 across the two games, now batting .281 on the year, and the RBI brought his season tally to twenty-four, tying him with Brad Miller for the team lead.
Paul DeJong went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
It was DeJong's twenty-first RBI of the season, but it didn't really have an impact in the game as the Cardinals got blown out 18-3. DeJong is slashing .302/.387/.434 with seventeen games to go.
Paul DeJong hit his third home run of the season in the second inning off Colin Rae to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead over the Cubs. He finished the game 1-3 with the home run and a strikeout. The Cardinals won 5-1 and are now 16-15 on the season and in sole possession of second place in the NL Central.
DeJong is slashing .300/.359/.486 with three home runs and one stolen base in 70 at-bats for the Cardinals this season. His batting average is fueled by a .378 BABIP which is .082 points higher than his career average .296 BABIP. Still, DeJong remains a fantasy relevant shortstop on a team that still has 29 games to play when most other teams have 19-21 games remaining. Owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues who need help at shortstop can at least consider picking up Paul DeJong.