(BaseballStL) -- It was another big offensive day for Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals second baseman had four hits against the Pirates to raise his average to .315.
Carpenter now leads the National League in hits with 147. He’s first in doubles with 40. He leads the entire Major Leagues in runs scored with 90. Not bad for a guy who was considered the biggest question mark on the team at the start of spring training.
Carpenter was just making the switch to full time second baseman, and some doubted whether he’d be able to pull it off. He’s even surprised himself with the season he’s having.
“If you told me in August that I’d be where I am individually, with the season I’ve had at this point, I wouldn’t have expected it,” said Carpenter. “But I’ve always been confident in my ability to hit and knew that if I had the opportunity to play, I felt like I could do a good job and put up a good year. It’s been real rewarding to put in a ton of work and see it pay off. It’s a good feeling.”
Cardinals management always liked Carpenter as he advanced through the system, but couldn’t have projected him to become an All Star in his first season at second base. Or one of the top hitters in the league.
Carpenter says he gets a lot of comments about his walk up music as he approaches home plate to hit. The song is “Long hot summer day” by a band called Turnpike Troubadour. “It’s just a band I’ve always been a fan of. I like their style of music. It’s kind of red dirt, Texas country music.”