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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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Matt Carpenter went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk in Friday's loss to the Pirates.
J.A. Happ absolutely dominated the Cardinals on Friday, which explains Carpenter's less-than-stellar showing. Despite the tough game, he still maintains a .258/.359/.459 triple-slash with 20 homers and 69 RBI. Sep 5 - 12:24 AM

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Matt Carpenter walked and clubbed a solo home run in five plate appearances Monday as the Cardinals took down the Diamondbacks.

Carpenter knotted the game up at 1-1 in the third inning with a solo home run off of Jhoulys Chacin. He would also walk and score in the seventh inning as the Cardinals took a commanding lead. Carpenter had been held hitless in his previous five games, covering 21 plate appearances. On the season, he's batting .260/.358/.462 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI.
Aug 25 - 1:44 AM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Marlins.

Carpenter drove in two of the three runs the Cardinals scored in the game. He notched an RBI infield single in the fifth inning, then put the ball in play for a considerably longer distance when he launched a 414-foot solo home run in the eighth. Carpenter's hitting .271/.370/.483 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI. They aren't quite MVP-caliber numbers, but he's been a huge part of the Cards' success this season.
Aug 14 - 11:57 PM

Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Brewers.

Carpenter's three-run bomb to right-center field gave the Cardinals the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but Jonathan Broxton would give it right back in the bottom of the eighth. Carpenter has been scorching hot over the last couple of weeks and should remain a force in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Aug 9 - 4:46 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Carpenter came through with an RBI double during a six-run Cardinal fifth. He would touch home that same inning, ending his evening with a modest RBI and run scored. With the two doubles, he's now smacked 29 two-baggers for the season while hitting .266/.367/.467 with 15 homers and 56 RBI.
Aug 8 - 12:19 AM

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-4 with two walks and a solo home run as the Cardinals in in 13 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

Carpenter hit a game-tying solo home run off of J.J. Hoover in the eighth inning, and it would help send the game into extra innings. The third baseman has found his power stroke as of late, homering five times in his last six games. He has 15 total on the year with 55 RBI and a .263/.365/.460 triple-slash line.
Aug 5 - 11:29 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Carpenter took Anthony DeSclafani deep in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season. After a terrible stretch that saw his batting average drop to .252, Carpenter is hitting .264/.363/.454 with 54 RBI and 60 runs scored this year.
Aug 4 - 10:12 PM

Matt Carpenter had another strong game from the leadoff spot Friday, going 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and a walk against the Rockies.

With the way it's worked out the last two days, it looks like we'll be seeing Carpenter batting first and Kolten Wong hitting third for the foreseeable future. It should help the fantasy value of both. Wong went 2-fo-r5 with two runs scored and an RBI tonight.
Aug 1 - 2:37 AM

Moved back into the leadoff spot, Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four runs scored in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.

The Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it, with a Greg Garcia bases-loaded walk ending the game. Carpenter turned in far and away his best game since April. He hadn't had even three hits since May 22. The Cards will probably keep him in the leadoff spot for now, but that might not be bad news for Kolten Wong; Wong hit third with Matt Holliday out tonight.
Jul 31 - 12:30 AM

Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.

The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now.
Jul 28 - 11:08 PM

Matt Carpenter has moved back to the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's makeup game against the visiting Royals.

Carpenter, who's been in an ugly slump since early June, spent the last two nights hitting seventh. He obviously carries more fantasy potential as a No. 2 hitter, but it might not be the best spot for him right now. Carpenter was sidelined earlier this season with a case of extreme fatigue and he has looked slow to fastballs over the last couple of months.
Jul 23 - 3:41 PM

Matt Carpenter is batting seventh for the Cardinals again on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI out of that spot Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-5 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The third baseman has been in an extended offensive slump and continuing to bat him lower in the lineup may help take some pressure off, though it does slightly dent his fantasy potential. Kolten Wong is leading off and Randal Grichuk is hitting second on Wednesday.
Jul 22 - 4:39 PM

Matt Carpenter is hitting seventh for the Cardinals on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

This is just the second time since the beginning of 2013 that Carpenter has hit so low in the Cardinals' batting order. The third baseman is mired in an extended offensive slump, slashing .176/.315/.228 since June 1.
Jul 21 - 4:46 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

The struggling third baseman is getting some rest. Pete Kozma is at the hot corner in Carpenter's place.
Jul 19 - 11:31 AM

Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer and drew a walk Friday against the Pirates.

Carpenter hadn't hit a home run since way back on May 25. The 29-year-old has been in an extended slump since his hot start to the season, with a sharp uptick in strikeouts. It's worth noting that Friday was the first time in seven games that Carpenter didn't strike out.
Jul 10 - 10:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
4Tommy Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva
10Mitch Harris
11Tyler Lyons
12Miguel Socolovich