Chris Duncan spoke this morning on 101ESPN about what to expect from Chris Carpenter in 2013, in addition to the competition for second base that will take place this Spring. Here’s essentially what he had to say:
ON CHRIS CARPENTER: Carp will be 38 years old and although he might not have the same type of velocity that he used to have, he is still able to throw the ball around 90 mph and has the ability to locate the ball as well as anyone. While he might be past his prime and unable to win 18-20 games, it is entirely possible that he pitches very effectively in 2013 and is able to rack up 14 or 15 wins. Adam Wainwright, 32, will be in his second year back from Tommy John surgery and will most likely get the nod as the Opening Day starter as he is a little bit more reliable than Carpenter.
SECOND BASE: Kolten Wong, who made the All-Star team after his performance in the Arizona Fall League this year, certainly deserves a look at second base and an opportunity to compete for the starting job out of Spring Training. There are of course tons of other options including Ty Wigginton, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, and Ryan Jackson, but it’s hard to argue that Wong shouldn’t at least have some consideration. He should get lots of at bats early on in Spring Training and it will be pretty clear early on whether or not he is able to handle the pressure of competing for a Major League job.