Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Jul 26 '79

Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday.

The Cards are struggling offensively, so they'll sacrifice defense in getting Descalso in for Pete Kozma, who is hitless in the series. Descalso has four hits in 13 career at-bats versus Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Jul 14 '79

Daniel Descalso will start at shortstop in Thursday's Game 1 against the Pirates.

Descalso gets the nod over Pete Kozma and will bat eighth. The Cardinals' lineup: 2B Matt Carpenter, RF Carlos Beltran, LF Matt Holliday, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, CF Jon Jay, 3B David Freese, SS Descalso, SP Adam Wainwright.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL May 14 '79

Daniel Descalso socked a pair of solo homers and scored three runs, leading the Cardinals in a 13-3 rout over the Reds on Friday.

Descalso finished the night 3-for-5. He's now hitting .265/.321/.423 on the season with five homers and 29 RBI in 196 at-bats. His multi-position eligibility makes him a fine middle infield option in NL-only leagues.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL May 11 '79

Daniel Descalso went 0-for-5 in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader and is 1-for-17 since the All-Star break.

Descalso was a nice surprise for the Cardinals in the first half, hitting .275/.339/.425 in 167 at-bats, and it looked like he might take the shortstop job away from Pete Kozma earlier this month. Now that he's joined Kozma in slumping, the Cardinals have to be giving more thought to trying to upgrade at short in a trade. If it happens, Descalso would keep his job as a utilityman, though he'd lose some at-bats. Kozma would probably be sent down.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Apr 20 '79

Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Wednesday for the fifth time in the Cardinals' past six games.

Pete Kozma will ride the pine yet again. Descalso is hitting .328/.366/.516 since June 1 and has suddenly become relevant in pretty much all NL-only fantasy leagues. The regression will happen eventually, but he is worth owning while he's hot and playing regularly.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Mar 18 '79

Daniel Descalso went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

There were plenty of offensive stars for the Cards in this one, as they slugged five homers in the first five innings. Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams and even Shelby Miller also went deep for the Redbirds. After a slow start at the plate, Descalso now has his average up to .278, as he's batting .467 over his last 12 games.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Mar 02 '79

Daniel Descalso went 3-for-3 with his first career grand slam and an RBI double in the Cardinals' 10-2 rout of the Padres on Tuesday.

Descalso's slam followed an intentional walk to Jon Jay. Descalso entered the game with an ugly .197/.265/.289 line, and he probably wouldn't have been in the lineup if not for David Freese's thumb injury. The home run was his seventh in 813 major league at-bats.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Feb 17 '79

Daniel Descalso is batting just .167/.236/.258 through his first 72 plate appearances this season.

Matt Carpenter has been a standout this year at second base, which has limited Descalso's ability to get regular playing time. He carries zero fantasy relevance.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Jan 13 '79

Daniel Descalso went 4-for-7 with a double, a pair of RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 10-9, 16-inning marathon loss in Arizona.

Descalso could only watch Cliff Pennington's game-winning single scorch past him in the bottom of the 16th, but he certainly did more than his share to keep the game going as long as it did. In his third consecutive start, Descalso shrugged off a pair of off-nights (1-for-7 to begin the season) to lead St. Louis' offense. As long as David Freese (back) is out, he's worth starting in NL-only leagues. Expect him to improve on last year's .227/.303/.324 slash line.

Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. COL Jan 05 '79

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Descalso played third base today, but it sounds like he'll shift back to second, with Matt Carpenter at third, while David Freese (back) sits out the first week or two of the season. Descalso figures to slide into a utility role afterwards.