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Matt Carpenter is your new second baseman and also National League Player of the Week - A Hunt and Peck

Also he is a dime.

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With the news of Kolten Wong's demotion to AAA Memphis circulating Monday afternoonOperation #Carp2Second went live. It was a plan that was a considerable success back in 2013, and hopefully will be again this season (though more hopefully, Wong gets back on track and receives the call back up and everything works out hunky-dory).

Of course, the reason this is possible is because Matt Carpenter is a wonderful baseball player. And Major League Baseball has acknowledged that fact this week by naming him National League Player of the Week. Per Joe Trezza of

Major League Baseball rewarded Carpenter for it, naming him the National League Player of the Week on Monday. The announcement came on the heels of a six-game stretch over which Carpenter batted .560 with five doubles and three RBIs.

Two days after returning from the paternity list, the two-time All-Star began a torrid stretch that saw him collect four multihit games and raise his batting average 40 points. Carpenter rattled off consecutive four-hit games against the Brewers on May 30-31, then collected six hits over three games against the Giants at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter ranks in the NL's top five in doubles (17) and triples (four), and in the top 10 in RBIs (36), walks (33) and OPS (.931).

Carpenter named NL Player of the Week | Cardinal Beat |

Cardinals' Matt Carpenter wins NL POW |

*** Normally today would be Tuesday Trivia, but this news seemed interesting and important enough to push it back to Wednesday. It is not as fun-sounding as "Tuesday Trivia", but we all have to make sacrifices in the cut-throat business of sports journalism. ***

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