Matt Carpenter is on a ridiculous tear.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ infielder cranked a dinger in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.
MATT CARPENTER JUST DID IT AGAIN!
His 6th straight game with a homer. UNREAL. pic.twitter.com/qESU7OyAM8
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 22, 2018
That’s after he hit a homer in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) July 21, 2018
And that’s after he went 5-for-5 with three homers, two doubles, and seven RBI on Friday.
It’s hard to do any better than Matt Carpenter today:
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) July 20, 2018
Carpenter has homered in six consecutive games, a franchise record for the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter has now homered in 6 straight games, the longest single-season streak in Cardinals franchise history. (ELIAS)
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 22, 2018
He has eight homers over those six games. The last player to hit eight homers in a six-game stretch? Barry Bonds in 2004.
Matt Carpenter has 8 HR during his 6-game HR streak. The last player with as many HR during a 6-game HR streak was Barry Bonds in 2004. pic.twitter.com/chTPxPpvVh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 22, 2018
Carpenter’s 4.2 fWAR ranks behind only Nolan Arenado (4.3) in the National League, so he’s entered the MVP conversation with this insane hot streak (with a long way to go still, of course).
It will be interesting to see if the Cubs actually pitch to Carpenter in the rest of the series, or if they just put him on first base- the Bonds treatment.