Matt Carpenter a keeper for Cardinals

St. Louis second baseman has excelled ever since becoming leadoff hitter in May

Originally Published: October 21, 2013
By Michael Knisley | ESPN.com

On the clear days, he says, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak could see Matt Carpenter coming from a year away. Maybe not in the specific, exacting 11-pitch detail with which Carpenter undid Clayton Kershaw in the third inning of Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday night. And maybe not in the bigger-MVP-conversation-picture season that Carpenter put together with all of his at-bats as the Cardinals' unexpected leadoff hitter in 2013, his first full year as a big league starter. But by ...

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