KANSAS CITY -- The Cardinals' fluid situation at second base has settled in recent days, with Daniel Descalso earning all but one of the starts during six of the team's last seven games.
Noting that Descalso "deserves to be in there" based on his defensive work and recent offensive success, manager Mike Matheny added that, "We're a better team right now with him in there."
During the seven-game stretch leading into Sunday, Descalso had seven hits in 19 at-bats, boosting his season average to .245. The only time it had been higher this season was after the team's second game in April. In the field, Descalso has committed just two errors since April 17.
While Tyler Greene earned the majority of second base starts to begin the year, that distribution has trended in Descalso's favor for a while now. In fact, Descalso leaped Greene in the number of season at-bats (151 to 149) on Saturday.
Sunday's decision to start Descalso over Greene was telling, too, because it came against a lefty starter -- KC's Jonathan Sanchez. Greene has drawn most such starts this season.