Cards' Carpenter caught off guard

Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals falls for hidden-ball trick by the Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton.

Matt Carpenter is having a super season for the St. Louis Cardinals, but he's not infallible.

The second baseman leads the NL in hits (190), runs (119) and doubles (51) to go along with a .321 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBI, as the Cardinals are closing in on a playoff berth — and a possible NL Central title.

But on Thursday, Colorado veterans Todd Helton and Roy Oswalt caught Carpenter with one of the oldest tricks in the book in the first inning.


Great year aside, Carpenter better get his head in the game once the playoffs start.

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