Allen Craig is the man you want at the plate when runners are on base. Craig is batting .453 with runners in scoring position with 53 RBI. Craig is second the NL with 63 RBI with only nine home runs. Expect Craig to keep swinging his hot stick through the second half and finish with 110-plus RBI.
No one saw Matt Carpenter's 2013 season coming. Carpenter is worthy of an All-Star spot with his .322 batting average and his 60 runs scored, good for second in the NL. For a guy who is playing an all-new position, Carpenter has far exceeded expectations. Look for Carpenter to keep up his tactics for getting on base and scoring runs at a tremendous rate.
Pete Kozma has been solid manning shortstop for the Cardinals this season. He is not tearing up any pitching with his .244 average, but he does a nice job at short and will be the starter for the rest of the season.
After a really slow start, Freese has come on lately. After hitting a measly .163 in April, Freese hit .299 in May and .319 in June. With such a solid lineup around him, Freese will continue to see good pitches and he hopefully will finish with a .285-plus batting average and double-digit home runs.
After a two-home run game in Oakland last weekend, Adams has proved he is worthy of more at-bats. He'll get a few more this week as the Cardinals will play the Angels in Los Angeles, and he'll probably be the DH or first baseman during each game of the series. Adams will then be limited to playing maybe once or twice a week and will have to be ready when his at-bats come.
Descalso has surprised me with his bat in 2013. Always known for his glove, Descalso has been pretty solid at the plate in 2013. He is what every team wants in a utility-man. As mentioned, he is a plus-defender, but now he has learned to hit at the big league level. Descalso has a .274 batting average, but has 15 extra-base hits in his 37 hits this season. He'll hopefully continue to hit as the season progresses.
This guy is just awful, no two ways about it. His bat is slow, his feet are slow and he is grossly overpaid. Expect him to take up a spot on the bench that should be going to a developing player in Memphis.