ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Matt Carpenter must have felt like a 13-year-old kid after seeing the lineup card on Thursday. After all, he was that age when he last played second base.
It is always a good problem to have a player who can play multiple positions, but making a guy play a position that he hasn’t played in over 13 years is quite the move.
Carpenter is the fourth different player to start at second base for the Cardinals this season and it sounds like he won’t be the last either. There was word that Allen Craig was also an option to play second base if Carpenter was to play first base instead on Thursday night.
Heck, it isn’t like there has been a lot of production coming from that position to begin with so maybe holding a team-wide or just a bench-wide tryout at the position could be a good thing. Not to knock Tyler Greene or Daniel Descalso, but .228 and .225 averages, respectively, do not cut it if you are looking for a fulltime gig in the majors.
What will happen when Lance Berkman returns? Although Berkman isn’t likely to play in every game when he returns to the lineup (expected to happen around mid-July), the Cardinals need to prepare for it. The return of Berkman will greatly diminish Craig’s playing time since Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran are not going anywhere at the corner outfield positions.
In short, Carpenter may have been at second base on Thursday, but maybe the smarter option would be for Craig to occupy that spot for offensive purposes and in preparation for Berkman’s return.