Karablog: Matt Carpenter and Cardinals getting calibrated

As one of the preeminent walkers in the majors, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter serves a special role for those in fantasy points leagues, as well as those favoring the walks category or on-base percentage.

In roto leagues, however, Carpenter’s value is a bit more debatable. After all, this is not a player who tends to hit for a high batting average, and his power is more of the moderate variety for this era. On top of that, while his infield versatility is nice — he can play at first, second and third — it’s not like the old days when it was tough to find middle-infield options. Carpenter scores runs and tends to be more valuable to the Cardinals than he is to roto fantasy managers.

Musgrove is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two career appearances, including one start, against Arizona. That start was June 11 when the first five of his six-plus innings were scoreless in what became a no-decision. He ended up allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings.

Greinke has won three of his past four starts. He is 7-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 12 career starts against Pittsburgh. In his one start against the Pirates this season, Greinke gave up five runs on five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. He took the loss in that June 13 game, which ended with a 5-4 Pirates victory.

Arenado, an All-Star third baseman, went 3-for-4, hitting a two-run homer to cap the fourth inning outburst. It was his 17th homer and gave him home runs in four consecutive games, the second-longest streak of his career. He homered in a franchise-record six consecutive games from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2015.

Arenado has gone 10-for-17 (.588) in his past four games with multiple hits in each one. Last Friday at Texas, he broke a 0-for-19 drought, the longest of his career, during his second at-bat.

Since ending that slide, Arenado is 15-for-33 (.455) with five doubles, five homers and 16 RBI. Overall this season, Arenado is hitting .323 with 53 RBI and a 1.008 OPS.

Nolan, over the course of his career, is becoming a better hitter for me, Rockies manager Bud Black said. He’s taking what the pitchers are giving him, especially this year. You’ve seen over the course of May into June, Nolan being pitched really tough. And his ability to take the ball on the outside part of the plate and drive it to right field or get a single the other way is pure hitting.

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