ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals are prepared to live with the swings and misses, knowing that when Mark Reynolds connects the ball really travels.
They have lacked a power bat off the bench, or power anywhere for that matter, and Reynolds also could platoon with Matt Adams at first base. Manager Mike Matheny promises he won't have batting coach John Mabry tinker too much with a stroke that's boom or bust.
"We need to capitalize on what his strengths are and not focus on the weaknesses, and realize he's got a power component that's very rare," Matheny said at the Winter Warm-Up fan festival. "Make some subtle changes to maybe improve, but also not be afraid to get up there and try to drive the ball. That's why we did bring him in."