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WHY DOES PISCOTTY GET A PASS?

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St. Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins catcher A.J. Ellis reacts after St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty was called out on strikes to end the seventh inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

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QUESTION: Why is Piscotty allowed to play through a cold streak (one that's lasted nearly all season), but Pham and Grichuk are not? I'd argue that the latter two at least provide defensive value and speed when they're not hitting.

GOOLD: Better question is why Aledmys Diaz was demoted for such a thing, right? The Cardinals are clearly high on Stephen Piscotty and they have more trust in him finding a way to contribute -- offensively, defensively -- than the others. I think it goes back to the notion we just explored with the hot streak/cold streak. There's a sense that Piscotty comes out of his quicker, or has more ways to contribute while the other guys are going to go into a deeper drought.

The Cardinals are holding fast to their bet that Piscotty can be a productive part of the middle of the order -- hence all the appearances until recently at No. 3 -- and that he'll help push the offense forward. The Cardinals gave him the heavy investment at the start of the season in the contract, and we're seeing the investment in playing time that followed.

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