St. Louis Cardinals Third Baseman Matt Carpenter earns NL Player of the Week
After a quick start in his first 11 games this season, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter added his first National League Player of the Week honor to his recent list of accomplishments.
During the second full week of Major League Baseball of 2015, which spanned from April 13-19, Carpenter compiled a .480 batting average to go along 5 RBIs . The two-time All Star has helped St. Louis take an early two-game lead in the NL Central with consistent play, as Carpenter produced multi-hit efforts in all six games last week and delivered a crucial leadoff home run in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Cincinnati.
Carpenter becomes the first Cardinal to win NL Player of the Week honors in nearly eight months, when left fielder Matt Holliday last earned it for his accomplishments during the week of August 25-31, 2014. Prior to today, the last Cardinal infielder to earn Player of the Week honors was Albert Pujols, dating back to the week of May 30-June 5, 2011.
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In his fourth full season with the Cardinals, Carpenter is currently leading the Cardinals in most offensive categories, including batting average (.400), home runs (2) and RBIs (10). St. Louis’s leadoff hitter currently ranks in the top 5 for on-base percentage (.449), slugging percentage (.689) and runs scored (10) among all MLB third basemen as well.
Matt Carpenter carries a seven-game hitting streak into the Cardinals’ upcoming road trip, which begins with a three game series against the Washington Nationals from Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23.