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Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

From researcher Tom Orf: Matt Carpenter‘s 12 doubles in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 19 games is tied for the second-most in Major League Baseball history.

Carpenter is tied with nine others for the second-most, behind Billy Herman, who had 14 in the Chicago Cubs’ first 19 contests of the 1936 season. Herman finished with 57 two-base hits that season, tied for 10th– most all time.

Most doubles through 19 games, season, MLB

Player Year G 2B Tm
Billy Herman 1936 10 14 CHC
Matt Carpenter 2015 10 12 STL
Torii Hunter 2007 10 12 MIN
Troy Glaus 1999 9 12 ANA
Ed Sprague 1997 11 12 TOR
George Brett 1983 10 12 KC
George Kell 1953 11 12 BOS
Paul Waner 1932 11 12 PIT
George Burns 1926 11 12 CLE
Frankie Frisch 1926 9 12 NYG

Of course, Carpenter’s current rate of hitting doubles cannot be sustained over the entire season or he would set a new MLB record with 102. The single-season total of 67 has been the MLB record since Earl Webb logged that amount for the 1931 Boston Red Sox.

Carpenter’s career high-water point of 55 doubles in 2013 is the second-best single season in team history behind Joe Medwick. Ducky had 56 in his Triple Crown season of 1937.

Carpenter dropped to 33 two-base hits last season, but is already over a third of the way there with over 140 games remaining in 2015.

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17 Responses to “Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Doubles are valuable. carpenter’s 55 was a tremendous achievement. It would be awesome if he could surpass this. It’s a great sign he is off to a fast start.

    The early bat wizidry of Matt Holliday is more surprising.

    • blingboy says:

      “The early bat wizidry of Matt Holliday is more surprising.”

      If he could just up his SLG 70 or 80 points he would be on par with 5’4″ Jose Altuve and 150 lb. Dee Gordon.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Refresh my memory on their career numbers or even single season results.

        Quoting small silces of stats like this as if they have any significance whatsoever is just goofy.

        • blingboy says:

          Matt’s SLG has declined each year since 2009.

          Anyway, if career numbers mattered we would have paid Albert to stay.

          Matt is doing a great job of being productive without the power. It is not his fault we don’t have a legit middle of the order masher to take over the role. Still, having a singles hitter in the 3 slot is pretty lame. Hopefully, our pitching will continue to put up other-worldly numbers all season and it won’t matter. But it probably will in post where weakness is exposed.

          • crdswmn says:

            Of course Holliday’s SLG is declining. All of his stats are declining, he’s 35 years old. Duh.

            Even with that, he is the second best hitter on the team so far. Your best hitters should bat in the top 3 spots in the lineup, where they will get the most PAs. You have been ragging on Holliday for years, so this is just more of the same.

            • Brian Walton says:

              What a coincidence. I just posted an article about Holliday’s exceptional on-base percentage start to the season.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                I look forward to reading it.
                Trading for Holliday was a big gamble by Mo, a guy headed into free agency and a Boras client. Mo gave up 3 bonus babies and shelled out big bucks.
                Holliday might have been brittle or unlucky like Tommy Pham. Instead, he has been very durable and very consistent. He has led the Cards in OPS several times. He is aging gracefully and continuing to contribute.
                Whereas the younger Allen Craig and David Freese have fallen off, Holliday has remained steady. He did not develop flat feet like Pujols. Matt has been a terrific Cardinal, a constructive leader. Fine representative of the game.

  2. blingboy says:

    I was not overwhelmed by the quality of Cooney’s debut performance.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The rookie stuck his toes in the water. He will be better next time out. Everybody has a first time.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Martinez has not thrown more than about 100 innings in a season in the minors. Wacha was not able to hold up last season and went down in June. Lackey is old, in baseball years. Chances are, this rotation is going to need reinforcement. Wainwright already went down to a freak injury. Gonzales is already on the DL at Memphis.
        One key could be milking 8 starts out of Jaime Garcia. We need to squeeze whatever we can get from him He is a ML pitcher, when able to toe the rubber.
        Another key could be sticking with Cooney. At least unlike Wainwright, Gonzales, and Garcia, Cooney is healthy.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Its good to send Cooney down. Give AAA players a taste of the majors, so they are eager to fight their way back.
        We have alternatives. The lefty Tyler Lyons threw a good game for Memphis recently. He has had some auditions for St Lou and this could become his lucky year to break through. With Wainwright down, there is opportunity for pitcher who wants to seize it.
        We have added a reliever from Venezuela. We did well with Edward Mujica in 2012/13. Carlos Villenueva has been good so far. So why not try anther Veneuelan RHP?

        • blingboy says:

          He was not good enough for the Red Sox, Orioles, Cubs or Mets. He was the best thing we had going at AAA though. That’s saying something, but not something good.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            I used to like it when opponent teams would send Belisle, Villanueva, and Springer into games. But when these guys put on birds on a bat uniforms, they have pitched better. Maybe Socolovich will feel better about himself not wearing Cubby blue

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Good to drop Heyward to 6th in the lineup. This gives him fewer at bats, a good thing when in a slump.

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