Originally Posted by MikeThierry
To me, the pleasant surprise of the year for the Cardinals is Matt Carpenter. With Shelby Miller, we knew he had top of the rotation talent. I never in a million years would have thought Matt Carpenter would be leading all 2B in WAR according to fangraphs. I don't see this pace continuing but it still represents more production at 2B than the Cardinals have seen the past couple of years. Certainly better than the .2 WAR Daniel Descalso put up last year.
I agree, even the most optimistic Cardinal fan couldn't have seen the production the team has gotten from MCarp, especially on defense.
I have to admit, I thought putting him at 2B would weaken the bench to the point that the trade off wouldn't be worth it, and that he would keep a seat warm at 2B until Wong arrives.
Now it looks like Wong might be looking for a utility roster spot or staying in Memphis a bit longer. Speaking of Memphis, I like what I'm seeing from Jackson so far (.372 after tonight).