The World Baseball Classic rolls on and St. Louis Cardinals slugger and outfielder Tyler O’Neill continues to rake for Team Canada.
Canada rolled to a 5-0 win on Tuesday night at Chase Field over Colombia.
O’Neill led the way for the Canadians, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in their victory over Colombia.
In the tournament, the slugger is hitting for a crisp .636 average.
He is one of 17 Cardinals players who chose to compete in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
On Twitter, Bally Sports Midwest, the TV home of the Cardinals, tweeted O’Neill’s final stat line from Tuesday night’s game.
Another productive day for Tyler O'Neill, who is batting a cool .636 in the #WorldBaseballClassic. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/z7nc6lVFj9
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) March 14, 2023
This has to be an encouraging sign for the Cardinals.
Though they did not add another bat to their mix after signing Willson Contreras, it’s becoming much clearer that they did not need to.
O’Neill struggled to stay healthy in 2022, hitting the injured list three times and ultimately being left off the postseason roster.
He hit 34 home runs during the 2021 season and even garnered a little consideration for the NL MVP Award.
Obviously, he took a step back in 2022 and struggled to remain healthy and consistent.
But if healthy, the Cardinals know that O’Neill can be a top run producer and a serious threat in the middle of their lineup.
With Goldschmidt, Arenado, Contreras, and O’Neill all in the same lineup, the Cardinals could have a very dangerous offense in 2023 as they look to climb back to the top of the NL Central and win their 14th division crown.NEXT: 3 Cardinals Stars Share An Elite Honor