The triple is becoming a less and less frequent appearance in St. Louis Cardinals games, and across Major League Baseball, for that matter.
With the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates facing off this past weekend, two of the National League leaders in the three-base hit were on the field. League leader Starling Marte of Pittsburgh has 10. After tripling on Friday night, the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter has seven.
As a team, with 19 triples, the Cardinals have exactly half the total of the Milwaukee Brewers, who have 38. St. Louis is tied with Cincinnati for the third-fewest three-base hits in the NL.
Still, if Carpenter can get another triple in the final three weeks of the regular season, he would have the highest total by a Cardinal since Fernando Vina in 2001.
Two more and the second baseman would have the most since Delino DeShields had an NL-leading 14 triples in 1997, Tony La Russa’s second season as Cardinals manager.
Last season’s team leader in three-base hits, Dan...