In something that’s becoming a bit of a trend for the club, off the bench comes an impact player that’s upstaging the bigger name Birds around him. While it’s been over a year since Matt Carpenter tore St. Louis Cardinals’ Spring Training in half and took his Major League expectations to a new level, but finally a year later, he’s getting a real chance to extend his impact in the big leagues.
That long awaited impact made it’s dynamic debut, as he seemingly single-handedly drummed the Chicago Cubs out of Busch Stadium on Sunday, with a 5 RBI performance that featured both a two-run triple and his first big league homer. Overall, he plated four hits in a dynamic fashion while filling in for a fifth game for first baseman Lance Berkman, and keyed a 10-3 Cardinal win that sealed a third straight series win to open the year. While he has seized every bit of his recent opportunity, hitting .500 along with some strong glove work as well at his third position in the young season, his clear way into the lineup is coming to a close. Berkman isslated to return to the lineup after sitting out to nurse a calf injury, which begs the question: what to do with Carpenter now?
For more on the Cardinals’ newest impact bat from within, as well as some other words around the organization, check out the rest of this piece over in my column at St. Louis Sports 360: http://stlouissports360.com/carp-town-mark/
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