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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that the team is considering moving Matt Carpenter down in the batting order next season.
Carpenter's .384 OBP over the last two seasons ranks ninth in baseball for batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, and his 225 runs scored over that time leads all of MLB. However, he also has 116 extra-base hits in that span, which has the Cards thinking he could move into more of an RBI spot in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. Jon Jay and Kolten Wong represent internal options to ascend to the leadoff spot should St. Louis decide to move Carpenter down. Nov 14 - 11:17 AM

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Matt Carpenter blasted his fourth home run of the postseason as the Cardinals topped the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday.

Carpenter’s solo blast off Jake Peavy got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning. After hitting just eight long balls in a league-leading 709 plate appearances during the regular season, the 28-year-old has put on an impressive power display with four homers in just 28 postseason at-bats. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening.
Oct 13 - 12:05 AM

Matt Carpenter is leading off for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Carpenter led the Cards to their NLDS victory, and he'll try to do the same while manning third base against the Giants. After Carpenter, the lineup goes: Randal Grichuk RF, Matt Holliday LF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, Kolten Wong 2B, Adam Wainwright SP.
Oct 11 - 4:09 PM

Matt Carpenter doubled and launched a solo homer in Monday's victory over the Dodgers.

Carpenter had just two longballs against left-handed pitching during the regular season, but he now has homered off a southpaw three games in a row after he took Hyun-Jin Ryu deep Monday. He later added a double and now has a home run and a double in each of the first three games of the series.
Oct 7 - 12:22 AM

Matt Carpenter homered and drove home four runs on Friday, powering the Cardinals to an improbable 10-9 come-from-behind victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Carpenter tagged Clayton Kershaw for a solo homer in the sixth inning, cutting the Cardinals deficit to 6-2. He then came through with the biggest hit of the night as part of an eight-run uprising in the seventh inning, delivering a two-out bases-clearing double after an eight-pitch battle with Kershaw to give the Cardinals the lead. He finished the evening 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI.
Oct 3 - 10:41 PM

Matt Carpenter reached base four times Tuesday, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in a loss to the Cubs.

Carpenter singled and scored a run in the sixth inning, his 97th run scored on the year. With three more runs he'll put together back-to-back 100-run seasons, an impressive feat for a player with marginal speed. The 28-year-old is hitting .271/.375/.376 atop the Cardinals' lineup.
Sep 24 - 12:16 AM

Matt Carpenter (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday against the Cubs.

Carpenter sat out Saturday and Sunday due to a stomach bug that has made its way around the Cardinals' clubhouse. He'll bat leadoff and play third base Monday.
Sep 22 - 3:37 PM

Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams are not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

Yadier Molina will get the start at first base in place of Adams, with Daniel Descalso covering third for Carpenter. They should be considered day-to-day and are likely to return to the lineup on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 4:36 PM

Matt Carpenter broke out of a slump, going 3-for-5 with a run scored as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

Carpenter had hit the skids hard, batting just .097 (3-for-31) since August 24. He singled to lead off the ballgame and later scored on Yadier Molina's two-run single. The second baseman has done a great job at the top of the lineup for the Cardinals, slashing .277/.377/.386 with seven home runs and 53 RBI.
Sep 5 - 12:10 AM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4, including a two-RBI ninth inning triple, on Friday.

Carpenter picked up all three of his RBI in the late innings. He had a seventh inning RBI single, then hit his second triple of the year in the ninth to drive in two. Carpenter's late would-be heroics weren't enough to save the Cardinals' bacon, though, as the team lost 7-4. Carpenter's hitting .288/.383/.400 this season.
Aug 2 - 2:03 AM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.

The three-hit afternoon was his second three-hit game in his last three starts, and Carpenter is 9-for-21 with five runs scored in his last five games. The good stretch has run his line to .284/.377/.392. The leadoff hitter is a strong bet to finish among the NL leaders in runs scored for a second straight year.
Jul 27 - 6:59 PM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 and belted a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Carpenter’s solo shot off Travis Wood in the fifth inning was his sixth homer of the season. He’s enjoying another very solid season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .282/.375/.393 with 65 runs scored and 36 RBI.
Jul 25 - 7:54 PM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over Giants.

Carpenter is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has collected three hits in two of his last three. The veteran third sacker is getting on base as he usually does -- a .378 clip -- but isn't squeezing enough juice out of his swings, with a drop in gap power this year. His slugging percentage is .389, down from a career .448 mark, and Carpenter is on pace for 36 doubles and eight homers, down from 55 doubles and 11 long flies last season.
Jul 3 - 1:16 AM

Matt Carpenter had a nice day at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with a double.

Carpenter tallied half of the team's six total hits as they were blanked by Clayton Kershaw and company. He also swiped his third base of the season, while raising his season slash to .281/.373/.385.
Jun 29 - 8:07 PM

Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run in the Cardinals' loss to the Mets on Wednesday afternoon.

Carpenter's leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning was the only run the Cardinals scored until a failed rally in the bottom of the ninth. Carpenter finished the day 2-for-4, breaking out of a minor slump.
Jun 18 - 4:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
4Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Marco Gonzales
9Tyler Lyons
10Nick Greenwood
11Samuel Tuivailala
12Miguel Socolovich
13Marcus Hatley