After a 9-6 victory to open up the unofficial second half of the season, second basemen Matt Carpenter continued his tear, going 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored on the night. This was the sixth time this season that Carpenter has had a three RBI game.
The first time All-Star is fourth in the National League in batting average at .326 and leads all of Major League Baseball with 38 multi-hit games. Not only does he have the multi-hit games, but it’s also the timely hitting that makes Carpenter so good. He is fifth in the National League with a .409 batting average with runners in scoring position.
St. Louis has won eight out of their last 10 games, and a big part of their run is Matt Carpenter who has 22 RBIs in his last 20 games.
Of course, St. Louis has Yadier Molina, the best catcher in baseball leading the National League with .340 batting average. Allen Craig, who is third behind Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Phillips in the National League with 74 RBIs and batting .324 right behind Molina. Carlos Beltran is still having a great year, tied for fifth in the National League with 19 home runs.
The Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 58-36 and lead the National League Central by two games over the Pittsburgh Pirates and five games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. So, where exactly would the Cardinals be without the emergence of lead-off hitter Matt Carpenter?
Probably not where they are now.
With 14 games left against the Pirates in the second half of the season, including a five game series coming up on July 29th, Carpenter could show why he’s so valuable in the stretch run if he continues his tear.
It’s time to start making a case for Matt Carpenter for National League’s Most Valuable Player.
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