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I’m still waiting for the Ozuna Train. The famous locomotive left Miami a long time ago, its powerful engine bound for St. Louis, slugging a path to glory, big wheels rolling, carrying a load of extra-base hits, homers, and a prodigious volume of offensive production.

A passenger list that includes several dozen players, coaches, a manager, and the front-office staff of the St. Louis Cardinals are waiting to board the Ozuna Train. Where is the Ozuna Train? It’s late to the station, and folks are getting restless. They have their tickets. They packed a suitcase. They brought enough clothes to dress for October, to stay warm while attending postseason baseball games at Busch Stadium. If the Ozuna Train would just get here, the STL baseball fans would go old-school, play some classic O’Jays, and dance to “Love Train.”

So what’s wrong? The Ozuna Train isn’t derailed. Maybe the Ozuna Train is just slow to get going … slow to get moving …can’t seem to get started … I just checked; still not here. Is the Ozuna Train close? It might be getting close. But I can’t feel the rumbling of the tracks, can’t hear the thunderous sound.

Going into Thursday’s opener of the Cardinals’ four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium, Ozuna was batting .250, had and had a .284 onbase percentage. Ozuna’s park-adjusted runs created (71 wRC+) put him 29 percent below league average offensively. Ozuna’s hitting profile is sparse, and the most glaring omission is power.

Last season for Miami, the smashingly good Ozuna launched 37 homers, slugged .548, posted a .237 ISO, and was 42 percent above the league average in park-adjusted runs created. (Which means Ozune has gone from being 42 percent above league average offensively last season, to slumping to 29 percent below league average so far this year.) But sizing up a talented left fielder — winner of the gold glove, and the silver slugger — the Cardinals made a move for Ozuna’s power, taking advantage of Miami’s payroll slashing to acquire Ozuna for an assortment of four minor-league prospects.

“Anytime you go into a new environment, you know the expectations are high,” said former Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, a guest on my 101ESPN radio show Thursday. “They traded a bunch of players to get you. They’re asking you to step in and be the middle of the order bat, the so-called missing piece the last couple of years. I do think he’s probably putting some extra pressure on himself.

“There’s probably some early-season mechanical stuff that maybe isn’t right. And maybe it’s a combination of all three things. But I think the main thing is, you start to try and put a little extra on yourself. You want to go out there and prove your worth and and prove to the fans that you were worth the trade.”

Holliday didn’t have that problem when he was traded from Oakland to St. Louis on July 24 of the 2009 season. Holliday had four hits in his first game as a Cardinal and the barrage continued. In 63 regular-season games after the trade, Holliday batted .353 with a .419 OBP, .604 slug and 1.023 OPS. He homered 13 times and knocked in 55 runs.

“Until he really settles in and relaxes and goes out and does the things we’ve seen him do for the Marlins the last couple of years, it can be tough,” Holliday said. “But I think when you look up at the end of the year the numbers will be there. He’s too talented not to get it going.”

Now, please allow me to interrupt myself and say this: the Ozuna Train will arrive. But just as Ozuna is still in various stages of learning about a new franchise, city, fan base, teammates and living arrangements, we’re still making discoveries about him.

Here’s what I found. I’m going to list two sets of numbers. To the left, I will show you Ozuna’s career hitting performance in “open” stadiums. The numbers to the right will show his career hitting performance in controlled environments (domed stadiums, or ballparks with retractable roofs.)