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The Three Matts

The Cardinals have one of the most dangerous offenses in all of baseball. Hands down. There’s no question about this.

A very important part of that offense is named Matt.

The lead-off Matt (Carpenter) has been a table setter all year. You all should have heard his name before, because he’s garnered some MVP interest due to his impressive season. You can take a look at what I have to say about him here.

Last night, he passed Stan Musial on the Cardinals list of single season doubles, just adding to an already impressive resume after his first full season.

But the other two Matts deserve some serious attention and recognition too. We’ll start off with the veteran Matt (Holliday).

Although Holliday isn’t always the most popular player on the Cardinals roster — probably due to his large contract — everyone knows that he can play. Nonetheless, his most recent hot streak is reminding all of us how good he can actually be. He’s hitting .298 on the season with 91 RBIs. With any luck at all, he’ll finish above .300 for the seventh time in his career and with 100 RBIs for the sixth time. To say the least, he’s having a good season.

But here in September when it seems to matter most, Holliday is on fire. He’s hitting .368 with 2 home runs and 20 RBIs. In addition, his defense has improved greatly. I was always very critical of his abilities in left, but his throws have been stronger of late, and he’s been getting good jumps on balls. As a skeptic, impressing me takes some doing, but he has looked good in the outfield over the last couple of games.

If the veteran Matt doesn’t do it for you, then the rookie Matt (Adams) should.

Adams has been the only great bench player that the Cardinals have had this year, and he has been good from that spot boasting a .280 batting average with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs. When Allen Craig suffered an ankle injury, however, Adams got the opportunity to try his hand at starting.

He’s been pretty good, with a .344 batting average, 7 home runs, and 14 RBIs in just 17 games. I can’t lie, I miss Craig, but I’m pretty sure there isn’t a better “back-up” first baseman anywhere.

So this one is to the Matts! My hat is off to three of the finest players on the Cardinals team. May prosperity and playoff victories be ever in your futures!

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  • Mike Brennan

    Wish we had 2 carpenters!

  • jonjayfan

    Going to have to make Beltran back up right fielder in playoffs. Matt Adams and Craig both give us a better chance to win.

    • Ovadia

      It’s an interesting thought, but I think not. Carlos skidded into the playoffs last year and got set on fire for the post season. I think he’s earned himself a shot this year. As for Craig, we’ll see if he manages to get better in time. If he’s not quite there, keeping him on the roster to pinch hit might be better than letting himself get hurt even more in the outfield. Especially with an ankle injury, I’m not sure I want him running around. He’ll be slower than Beltran and likely to reinjure himself. Additionally, Beltran is worth a fair bit with his D. That arm is pretty invaluable at times. And (of course) for the World Series, Craig can DH to keep both Adams and Beltran in the lineup. It all comes down to whether Craig can play at all. If he can, the question is whether this break will have cooled him off so much that he won’t be able to be as effective. It’s an interesting idea. We’ll see what Matheny does.

      Thanks for reading!

  • jonjayfan

    You do have a point about Craigs ankle right now. A cool stat about beltran
    2004 0 rbi last 3 games of nlcs
    2006 0 rbi last 5 games of nlcs
    2012 0 rbi last 6 games of nlcs

  • Berdj Rassam

    Carpenter, holliday, and Craig have had phenomenal years – they are the top 3 offensive reasons the Cards won the division.