St. Louis Cardinals: The magic behind Matt Carpenters “Secret Salsa”

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. This was the third home run for Matt Carpenter of the game. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. This was the third home run for Matt Carpenter of the game. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has played like an MVP candidate since the second half has begun. The reason why? Salsa. What is the magic behind the salsa? Is it just a superstition?

Matt Carpenter has been on an absolute tear lately, crushing eight home runs in his last seven games, including a three-home-run game in an 18-5, St. Louis Cardinals blowout against the Chicago Cubs. He was on a six-game home run streak.

He has gained 0.9 WAR since Friday, and now he leads all NL position players in WAR. Now, some things that can start a hot streak is figuring out and fixing a problem with your swing or changing your mindset at the plate, but Carpenter might have the most unique reason, salsa.

No, you didn’t read a typo there, he has been eating homemade salsa before games, and he’s been destroying the ball after. Since he started eating the salsa, he has five home runs in four games. He has hit for .538 and has also driven in nine runs during the ”salsa streak” as well.

Carpenter hasn’t been the only one to eat the salsa and have a big game. Before the second game in the Saturday doubleheader against the division foe Chicago Cubs, closer Bud Norris gave Carpenters salsa a try, and later that night, he notched up a huge save against the Chicago Cubs.

Then before the Sunday morning game, a struggling Dexter Fowler decided to get in on the magic and ate Carpenters salsa. It paid off, as he picked up two hits during the game, which for Fowler, are hard to come by. So, with players heating up due to the ”secret salsa”, it makes you wonder, what is the magic behind the salsa?

Theory Number One

Well, if you have ever watched the movie Space Jam, you probably remember what “Michael’s Secret Stuff” was. When the Toon Squad received it in the locker room during the halftime intermission, the team made a huge comeback and defeated the Monstars. Matt Carpenter could have found the “secret stuff” and put it in the salsa, which turns you into an absolute stud on the field.

Theory Number Two

Another theory could be that Matt Carpenter somehow got a strand of hair from Angels superstar Mike Trout, and put it in the salsa. Which consuming it makes you play like one of the best baseball players ever. Sounds like a crazy theory, but it could actually be the case.

During the All-Star break, Matt Carpenter could have made the trip to Washington D.C. secretly, met up with Mike Trout, gave him a hug, and plucked out a strand of hair while Trout was distracted. Trout would say “That hurt, who pulled my hair?” and Carpenter would run away as fast as he can.

Theory Number Three

Maybe, it could be magic, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith’s nickname was “The Wizard” due to his magical defensive play. Well, maybe he is an actual wizard. Over the All-Star break, Matt and Ozzie could have met up, and Ozzie could have used one of his crazy spells on the salsa to make you play like an MVP candidate. Ozzie did not want to have to use his magic, but it was a last resort to hopefully get the St. Louis Cardinals back to the playoffs.

We Need The Salsa

It could just be in their heads, they could be thinking that since they ate the “secret salsa” they were going to have a big game. Instead of thinking about things irrelevant to baseball, they think about how good the salsa is going to make them play, and they perform as they expected.

The rest of the St. Louis Cardinals ball club needs to get in on the magic while it’s around. Though a couple of players might be scared of spicy food, I’m sure they’re not scared of playing great baseball and winning.

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Is this salsa really the reason that Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, and Bud Norris are playing great baseball? Is it just a superstition? Does it make you regret trying Matt Carpenters salsa back in your playing days (it definitely did for me)? Which St. Louis Cardinals players should try the salsa? Leave your answers in the comment below.