St. Louis Cardinals second baseman and leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter has been the spark that lit his team’s offensive output all year. The playoffs are not the time to have his bat go cold. Carpenter needs to make adjustments or his team might be out of the playoffs early.
The home stretch of the regular season brought a screeching halt to the tear Carpenter had been on all year. Some speculated that he was pressing too hard to get his 200th hit. Whatever the cause is, he has went 3-for-21 with four walks in the last six games. The Cardinals won, but their opponents had little to play for.
Now it’s crunch time, and Carpenter is 1-for-8 with one walk in the postseason. The Cardinals need for him to get on base so they can get him in scoring position. As a team, they hit .330 with RISP for the season, a record high.
It’s a long season, and it’s the first that Carpenter has played as a starter. He has been very durable, but he must be feeling fatigue. He doesn’t wear batting gloves, so his calluses must be pretty thick. He had a slump spanning from late July into early August, and manager Mike Matheny had to threaten him with a fine for coming to the park too early. A little rest perked him right up, but there is no time to rest now.
Carpenter has the will and desire to overcome difficulties. Whatever needs to be done, he’ll probably figure it out. Cardinals fans just hope it will be in time.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.