The St. Louis Cardinals keep churning out talent. The latest revelation is Matt Carpenter, a 28-year old second baseman who is playing in his second full Big League season. Most of America, when hearing about St. Louis in the post-Tony LaRussa era, think about Yadier Molina or Adam Wainwright. Yet the player who has been just as valuable as Yadi in 2013, is the lefty swinging Carpenter, a 13th round draft pick of the Cards in 2009. Wainwright, Molina, Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran grab the headlines but it is Carpenter who has played in 117 of the team’s 122 games who has been the steadying force for the Wild Card-leading Redbirds.
So how great has Carpenter been this season? He ranks in the top ten in six National League offensive categories including first in the Senior Circuit in three of them: 91 runs scored, 149 hits and 41 doubles. Carpenter is also sixth in batting average at .312, eighth in on-base percentage at .387 and ninth in triples with five. He was selected to his first All Star Game after finishing sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012. Matty leads the Cards in at-bats with 477 as St. Louis is only a game off the lead in the National League Central and are in prime position to secure their third consecutive playoff berth.
Matt Carpenter is just the latest in a long line of St. Louis Cardinal players who come through their system and continue the team’s winning tradition. They are the best organization in the sport, consistently in postseason contention year after year. Helped by their newest star in Carpenter, would you bet against the Cardinals winning their second World Series title in three seasons?
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