Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor (3) is out at second on a double play as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong

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Kolten Wong Continues to Make Case for 1st Gold Glove

He did it again on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

August 22, 2018 - 9:24 am

"Got him, got him at first! I don't know how!" 

This wasn't the first time John Rooney and St. Louis Cardinals fans everywhere were left wondering how Kolten Wong made that play. The Cards second baseman made a fantastic play in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tuesday in Los Angeles. 

The diving stop up the middle and throw while falling to the ground took a hit away from Justin Turner to lead off the inning. And it might be the best defensive play of the year for St. Louis:


But Wong has made a couple other ridiculous plays in the last week. On Monday night, with the bases loaded, he made a diving catch then doubled off the runner at first:

And then we take you back to last Friday at Busch Stadium, when Wong made this nifty scoop and throw against one of the fastest players in the bigs:

So those are highlights of Wong's Gold Glove campaign, but what about the stats? 

Well he's leading all NL second basemen with 18 defensive runs saved above average (DRS) and it's not particularly close. Last year's NL Gold Glove winning at second, DJ LeMahieu is next-best in DRS with 13. Going by another popular defensive sabermetric, FanGraphs ultimate zone rating (UZR), Wong is also head and shoulders above the rest of the NL with a 11.3 UZR. LeMahieu is sitting at four. 

The only statistic that could hurt Wong would be his innings played, which he's eighth in the NL. LeMahieu however, has played just 42.2 more innings than Wong.