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Matt Carpenter | First Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
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Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs on Wednesday as the Cardinals topped the Rockies.
Carpenter's two-run double keyed a five-run rally off of Rockies' starter Jeff Hoffman in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely three times in the contest. For the season, Carpenter is slashing .250/.379/.449 with 14 homers and 48 RBI. Jul 26 - 11:54 PM

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Matt Carpenter (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in the Cardinals' win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Carpenter sat out Monday's series opener versus Colorado with some minor quad tightness, but he played a full nine innings of first base Tuesday with no apparent issues. His run scored came on a Paul DeJong two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Carpenter had singled to shallow left field to lead off the frame.
Jul 26 - 8:49 AM

Matt Carpenter (quad) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Rockies.

Carpenter missed Monday's series opener against Colorado after making an early exit Sunday night against the Cubs due to right quad tightness. He'll start at first base and bat leadoff Tuesday versus right-hander Jon Gray.
Jul 25 - 4:19 PM

Matt Carpenter (quad) is expected back in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday.

Carpenter isn't playing Monday after exiting Sunday's game with a tight right quad, but manager Mike Matheny said it was simply a dehydration issue and the infielder is feeling much better. Luke Voit is starting at first base Monday.
Jul 24 - 5:47 PM

Matt Carpenter (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

Carpenter was lifted from Sunday's game with a tight right quad. The injury appears to be a day-to-day situation for the time being. Luke Voit is getting a start in his place, and Paul DeJong has moved up to the No. 3 spot in the lineup with Dexter Fowler shifting up to his old leadoff spot.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Paul DeJong slotting up to the three spot in the order, he becomes a viable punt play across the industry. Antonio Senzatela isn't a sieve by any means, as he's held hitters to a 0.75 HR/9 rate on the road this season (3 in 36 IP), but he's still not an arm we necessarily need to avoid with value plays. DeJong owns a very solid .367 ISO at home against RHP this season.
Jul 24 - 4:50 PM

Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to right quadriceps tightness.

The injury appeared to occur while Carpenter was running the bases. The severity of the injury is not yet known. Luke Voit replaced him at first base on Sunday. Look for an update from the Cardinals on Carpenter's status after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
Jul 23 - 8:59 PM

Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Carpenter had a pair of doubles in the game, catalyzing the Cardinals' offense with four of the team's 12 hits. The infielder is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak in which he's 14-for-31 with five doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. The hot stretch has Carpenter's overall line up to a more respectable .253/.386/.461 after a subpar first half.
Jul 18 - 11:18 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

Carpenter had a pair of singles in the win, including chipping in a run-scoring hit as part of the club's three-run fifth inning. As part of that inning, the 31-year-old also stole second base, his second steal of the season, and scored a run. He had a first half to forget, but Carpenter has been trending up in recent weeks, raising his average 10 points since the month started. Carpenter is now hitting .241/.378/.447 overall.
Jul 15 - 11:02 PM

Matt Carpenter is at second base again Tuesday versus the Marlins.

Carpenter made his first start of the season at second base on Monday. It doesn't appear to be a permanent switch, but the Cardinals want to get Luke Voit into the lineup. Voit is hitting cleanup against Jose Urena on Tuesday.
Jul 4 - 11:27 AM

Matt Carpenter will start at second base Monday against the Marlins.

This marks his first start at second base this season. Luke Voit will handle first base duties on Monday.
Jul 3 - 3:28 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Nationals.

Carpenter has hit just .143 against left-handers this year, so the Cards are wisely sitting him against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Rookie Luke Voit is filling in at first base and batting sixth.
Jul 1 - 4:09 PM

Matt Carpenter was taking grounders at second base prior to Friday's game.

With Kolten Wong (triceps) out until after the All-Star break, Carpenter could play a little second base and free up some starts at first for Luke Voit and/or Jose Martinez. Carpenter has yet to play the position this season but has plenty of experience there.
Jun 30 - 5:44 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.

He'll get a routine day of rest. Recent call-up Luke Voit will get his first major league start at first base. He's batting sixth against Brandon Finnegan. Tommy Pham will bat leadoff.
Jun 26 - 1:13 PM

Matt Carpenter hit his 14th home run of the year in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Carpenter led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot off Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Things went downhill from there for the Cards. The hit was his only one in three at-bats, leaving his line at .236/.371/.471 through 69 games. The 14 homers are nice, and he's still getting on base at a very good clip, but he's now two for his last 22 after a good stretch in early June.
Jun 24 - 11:53 PM

Matt Carpenter belted one of five Cardinals' home runs in a lopsided victory over the Orioles on Friday night in Baltimore.

Carpenter launched his two-run homer as part of a four-run uprising in the sixth inning that really put the game out of reach. He also singled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3. Since moving to the leadoff spot in the lineup his bat has really started to heat up, so don't expect a change any time soon. With the two-hit attack, Carpenter is slashing .250/.371/.491 with 13 homers and 38 RBI.
Jun 16 - 10:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Jose Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Luke Weaver
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Trevor Rosenthal
3Kevin Siegrist
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6Tyler Lyons
7John Brebbia
8Zach Duke