Matt is really coming through for the St. Louis Cardinals this month.
Take your pick of which Matt — same story for all three. Each has been a slugging BAMF, though all three in different ways, throughout September.
And Matts Carpenter, Holliday and Adams all played a role in last night’s 7-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. All had at least one hit, which is the 10th time that’s happened in the 18 games all three have played in this month
Adams hit a two-run homer in the first inning — Holliday was not surprisingly on base — to put the Cards on the board. It was Adams second straight game with a two-run homer (and guess who was on base Friday night too?)
In the fifth inning, Carpenter doubled for the 11th time in September and 54th time this year. That set a new season record for left-handed hitters, as he surpassed the 53 hit by none other than Stan Musial in 1953.
Combined, the three had five of the Cardinals nine hits for the game — and just continued what they’ve been doing all month.
In September, Carpenter is hitting .388/.464/.565 with 33 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 21 runs scored. The hits and runs scored totals are tied for most in the majors in September, while the 11 doubles are the most in the National League and second-most in MLB.
Holliday is hitting .368/.457/.526 this month with 28 hits, six doubles, two homers, 14 walks and 20 RBI. Those hits and RBI totals are each third-most in the majors this month.
Then there’s Adams, who’s been playing regularly since Allen Craig hurt his foot on Sept. 4. He’s hitting .328/.358/.672 with seven homers and 14 RBI. Those seven homers are third-most in the majors. He’s also now third on the Cardinals in total home runs with 16, despite not playing full-time until this month.
With that kind of BAMF production, is it any wonder the Cardinals are 13-7 in September? They maintained their two-game lead in the NL Central with last night’s win, and are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot with a Nationals loss or another victory — though winning the Central is the real goal.
Know who else is now having a surprisingly good September? Lance Lynn.
It’s true. Yes, the month started out poorly with a loss in Cincinnati. Since then, though, he’s been very good. Last night he had a bit of trouble in the first inning when he gave up one run on two hits, a walk and a ground-out, but then settled in and allowed only two more hits and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings. He did walk four total. Still, after that lengthy terrible stretch, he’s now only allowed three earned runs total in 18 2/3 innings pitched over his last three games to make his ERA this month 2.66. That’s third among Cards starters, behind Joe Kelly (2.05) and Michael Wacha (2.38).
Things are looking up.
Plus, with a five-run lead, there was no worry over who would close the game — although at least we found out it wouldn’t be Edward Mujica. (In our poll yesterday, Trevor Rosenthal was the not-surprising choice for closer with 47 percent of the vote.)
With just one week remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals go for the sweep of the Brewers tonight on ESPN. Joe Kelly gets the start against Wily Peralta with game time at 7:05 p.m.
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