Grip It And Rip It: Wong

With six hits in his first 10 at-bats of the season, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is off to the best start of his career.

“I’m kind of doing the same thing I did towards the second half of the season,” Wong explained recently. That approach worked well, as after the All-Star break, Wong hit .317 (39-123) which was second best on the team.

The power has been there as well for Wong, who’s pair of Opening Day home runs moved into company with Albert Pujols (2006, 2010) as the only two Cardinals to hit a pair of long balls to start the season. It also marked the first time a St. Louis second baseman went deep on Opening Day since Red Schoendienst opened up the 1952 season with a homer.

“If I can just continue what I’m doing and continue to add stuff like what Jeff (Albert) is telling me to do–staying on plane more, getting the barrel on plane for a longer period of time, then it’s just going to make me a better hitter and more consistent,” Wong said.

Entering Sunday, Wong was third in the National League in hits–trailing only the Dodgers Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger, who each have seven.

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