Polanco is dealing with his first extended "slump," entering Thursday night's series finale with the Cardinals with three hits in his last 17 at-bats. A lot of those outs have come on offspeed pitches, the ultimate test for any young hitter.
However, those three hits came in as many at-bats Tuesday night, against Carlos Martinez.
That was the first meeting between the Dominican Republic countrymen since Dec. 28 -- when Martinez bounced a 99-mph fastball off Polanco's right knee, knocking him out of a Winter Leagues game.
Polanco shrugged off that incident.
"I actually stayed in that game after it happened and came out in the seventh inning," Polanco said. "We were leading, so I left just to be careful."
Six-and-a-half months later, Polanco slapped all of Martinez's repertoire -- the hits came on a change, a curve, a 96-mph heater -- all over Busch Stadium,. Just to make a point?
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