It marked the fourth consecutive day that Descalso was given a start. That alone was unique, but even more so was the fact that he played each day at a different infield position. It was the first time in team history that a player made consecutive starts at each of the four infield positions.
In fact, since 1980, only five other Cardinals have made starts at all four infield spots anytime during a 162-game season. Not surprisingly, all are middle infielders. After all, it would be a lot easier for a shortstop to play first base than the other way around.
Like Descalso, who also did it in 2012, Felipe Lopez, Miguel Cairo and Jose Oquendo all did it in two different seasons. Hector Luna and David Howard did it once. “The Secret Weapon is the only one to made double-digit quantities of starts at all four positions in the same year.
Courtesy of researcher Tom Orf, here is the list.
St. Louis Cardinals, number of games started, all four infield positions, season, since 1980.
|Infielder||Year||1B starts||2B starts||3B starts||SS starts|