Carpenter Explains Cardinals Offense Is All On The Players: 'Doesn't Fall On The Hitting Coach'

The Cardinals hottest hitter of late, Matt Carpenter, described how the hitting coaches have played a factor in St. Louis' four-game winning streak.

June 27, 2018 - 6:33 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Matt Carpenter says three things had to align for the St. Louis Cardinals offense to heat up, as it has during this four-game winning streak: Have good hitters, have a game plan and execute that plan. 

Specifically in Tuesday night's 11-2 victory, Carpenter praised the game plan given to them by the hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller. The strategy, don't let two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber get ahead eand be ready to swing early in counts. St. Louis had its game plan.

Of the eight at bats that led to RBIs, only three of those were with two strikes. Carpenter saw a total of six pitches in his two at bats that led to home runs. That was the execution. 

As for having good hitters, that's becoming more and more apparent.

You don't have to search far to find fans on social media calling for the jobs of the Cardianls hitting coaches. Carpenter, talking before Wednesday final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, described just what the role of a hitting coach is.

"They guide you in the right direction if they see something that doesn't look right," Carpenter says. "If they (see) a trend you're headed towards that isn't you, they are there to point that out. But at the end of the day it comes down to the player." 

Take away Carpenter's first six weeks this season and he's nearly a .350 hitter. Do the same with Marcell Ozuna and he's hitting .370. 

"The struggles that we had the first two months, it doesn't fall on the hitting coach, it falls on the players," Carpenter says. "We've got to do a better job and we have been, you're starting to see that and when things start to go really well you've got a chance to win a lot of ball games and that's what we're going through." 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says what his coaching staff has done well is "staying the course." 

"Getting guys to believe in themselves and letting guys talk through their frustrations, all that stuff goes into what good coaches do," Matheny says. "They're available and then they get to work, then it clicks and then they just let the guys shine."