In the sixth inning of Wednesday evening’s game at the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals doubled off starter Bronson Arroyo. The double was his 46th of the season, tying him for most doubles in a season for a Cardinals second-baseman. The other names on that list: Rogers Hornsby, Frankie Frisch and Sparky Adams; Pretty good company. With over three weeks to go in the season, Carpenter has a fairly good chance of passing those Cardinals legends.
Carpenter is having an excellent year. He is batting .313 for the season, with ten home runs, 67 RBI and those 46 doubles. He has 251 total bases and a .381 OBP (on-base percentage) while batting primarily leadoff. He also made his first All-Star appearance in New York this year. In only his second full seasonin the majors, and at the young age of 28, Carpenter has really made a difference on a winning team. The Cardinals and their fans only hope he can carry that success deep into the postseason.