Because #stlcards is the standard Twitter hashtag for news about the St. Louis Cardinals, I follow it. However, I have a love-hate relationship with it, as any nuggets of wisdom seem to be fewer and farther between. Anyone and everyone who has something to say seems to use the hashtag with a lot of it reactionary to say the least.
Most of them don’t seem to bother to read the others, apparently thinking they are the first to come up with clever ideas and comparisons.
One such example started a few weeks ago. There were literally dozens and dozens of tweets comparing Matt Carpenter’s hitting slump to the decline of the team’s former first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig.
Here are but a few samples of those who did not just wonder aloud, but had already made the declaration, even though the two situations were very different.
Matt carpenter is "Allen Craig Pt. 2: Mabry Strikes Back"
— Pedro J. Alvarez (@drothashow) July 29, 2015
Matt "Allen Craig" Carpenter.
— Kyle Thompson (@KyleOKC) July 19, 2015
Official now. Carpenter has contracted the Allen Craig Syndrome.
— Jim (@JimboRey) July 29, 2015
Matt Carpenter has gone full blown Allen Craig so I expect him to get traded to Boston for someone good this week
— St Bluenatic Nelly (@Bluenatics) July 29, 2015
I could go on, but you surely get the idea. Heck, maybe you were among those who joined in.
Well, something very different came to pass. In the last two weeks, Carpenter has been on fire at the plate.
Since returning to the leadoff spot on July 30, Carpenter is batting .375 (15-for-40) with an National League-best seven home runs, five doubles and 12 runs scored in 10 games. He is also leading the NL in slugging (1.028) and OPS (1.478), and is second in the league with 13 RBI during that time.
As a result, many of the very same people who were trumpeting the third baseman’s demise just days ago are now singing his praises.
Interesting how a hot streak can change minds…
Marp is out of his mind #STLCards
— Pedro J. Alvarez (@drothashow) August 9, 2015
— Kyle Thompson (@KyleOKC) August 9, 2015
Wow Matt Carpenter! 3 run homer! pic.twitter.com/NFP5wtzj1x
— Jim (@JimboRey) August 9, 2015
At least one of the critics scores points with me for being accountable for his earlier remarks.
Oh boy am I glad the Cardinals didn't trade Carpenter like I said they should have. That would have been #dumb
— St Bluenatic Nelly (@Bluenatics) August 6, 2015
He said it, so I don’t have to.
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