Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. STL 8 Months
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.. STL 9 Months
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.. STL 10 Months
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.. STL 10 Months
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.. STL 11 Months
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.. STL 12 Months
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.
Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. STL Mar 01 '13
Daniel Descalso went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI against the Astros on Friday.
While we'd prefer to see Matt Carpenter win the job, Descalso is the favorite to start at second base for the Cardinals. He won't offer a lot of offense, though he should improve on last year's .227/.303/.324 line.
Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. STL Jan 19 '13
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said that Daniel Descalso is the leading candidate to start at second base.
Descalso is capable of playing third base and even shortstop, but will come into spring training with the second base job as his to lose. He batted just .227/.303/.324 with four home runs and 10 triples in 426 plate appearances last season, and will likely face heavy competition from Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong.
Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. STL Oct 13 '12
Daniel Descalso homered and smashed a game-tying two-run single in the ninth inning on Friday, leading the Cardinals back from the brink of elimination to defeat the Nationals 9-7 in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS.
Descalso finished the night 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI. He clubbed a solo home run off Tyler Clippard leading off the eighth inning, cutting the Nationals lead to 6-5. He then stepped to the dish in a critical situation in the ninth inning against Drew Storen with the bases loaded and two outs, while trailing 7-5, and he came through with a game-tying two-run single. Pete Kozma then followed with his own epic contribution, smashing a two-run single to right to take a 9-7 advantage, leading the Cardinals back to the NLCS where they'll open a series against the Giants on Sunday.
Daniel Descalso 2B/SS.. STL Aug 12 '12
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Daniel Descalso will start at second base "most days."
Descalso is batting just .234/.313/.337 this season, but the Cards love what he can do defensively. "Descalso will be in there most days the way he has been playing," Matheny said. "He is a pretty special player defensively." Skip Schumaker and Ryan Jackson will also be mixed in at second, but is appears that Descalso will be the main guy going forward.