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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 206
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in an interview on KMOX 1120 in St. Louis Sunday that the club is "pretty married" to keeping Matt Carpenter at first base.
That's the same thing Mozeliak said a month ago, but it looked like things might change when a report Friday said the club could pursue Edwin Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo. The GM didn't totally dismiss the possibility of moving Carpenter back to third or possibly second base, but it sounds unlikely. It appears Encarnacion or Trumbo would have to come at a big discount in order for the Cards to enter the mix. Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:56:00 PM

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Carpenter will open 2017 as the team's starting first baseman.

It seems like the right call after the Cards juggled Carpenter between third base (52 starts), second base (37 starts), and first base (35 starts) in 2016. Carpenter is the best hitter in St. Louis and his defensive profile fits best at first base entering what will be his age-31 campaign. Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko figure to share time at third base, with Kolten Wong opening as the starter at second. Mozeliak and Co. could also be thinking of making some infield upgrades this winter.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Matt Carpenter said Sunday that he didn't feel comfortable with his oblique injury down the stretch and even modified his swing to avoid aggravating the injury.

"It’s such a fickle injury," said Carpenter, who also played through an injury to his right knuckle. "It has so much to do with your swing. That first month back — and they knew this — I just dealt with it. If with every swing you’re trying to protect an oblique you’re not going to swing well. It’s just the way it is. I could find a way to help the team, to be an option." Carpenter posted a career-high .885 OPS this season, but he batted .229 with a .726 OPS over his final 51 games. Obviously missing the playoffs was a disappointment, but an offseason of rest will do him some good.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Matt Carpenter (finger) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Carpenter has been dealing with a right ring finger injury and sat out of Monday's blowout loss to the Reds, but it's apparently nothing serious. He'll start at first base and bat leadoff Tuesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Robert Stephenson.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Matt Carpenter has been dealing with an issue to his right ring finger.

That explains his absence from Monday's lineup. It's apparently been a lingering issue, so the hope is that the rest will improve his symptoms. Not ideal with the Cardinals fighting to stay in the race. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 06:57:00 PM

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

The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Matt Carpenter is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

Carpenter was given the night off Tuesday to nurse a couple different minor injuries, and because the Rockies were throwing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The lefty-swinging Carpenter is starting at first base and batting leadoff Wednesday versus Rockies right-hander German Marquez.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night in Colorado.

Matt Adams is at first base, Kolten Wong is at second base, and Jhonny Peralta is at third base versus the Rockies and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. This looks to be a routine night off for Carpenter, who battled a back injury earlier this month.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) is batting leadoff and starting at second base Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Carpenter must have talked his way into the lineup after a good pregame workout. He was out initially after leaving Monday's series opener against the Cubs with back tightness. Greg Garcia is now on the bench versus Chicago right-hander Jason Hammel.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Carpenter made an early exit from Monday's series opener after experiencing back tightness. Matt Adams is at first base, Greg Garcia is at second base, and Jhonny Peralta is at third base on Tuesday versus Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Matt Carpenter exited Monday's game after seven innings due to back tightness.

Carpenter went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Kyle Hendricks before exiting. On the bright side, Matheny said it's unrelated to his previous oblique injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Matt Carpenter finished 2-for-4 and bashed a key two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to victory on Friday.

He took a Jimmy Nelson offering over the wall with a runner aboard in the third inning. Two batters later Stephen Piscotty did the same thing. Those four runs were all the Cardinals needed to win the game. Carpenter is batting .280/.390/.527 with 19 homers and 61 RBI.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:19:00 AM

Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Jhonny Peralta is starting at third base and Matt Adams is at first base versus Pirates right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. It's not clear whether this is a routine day off or something more for Carpenter, who boasts a career-best .904 OPS in 105 games this season.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 05:28:00 PM

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

Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats).
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Matt Carpenter singled in two runs in an improbable ninth-inning comeback win for the Cardinals over the Reds on Monday.

He also doubled earlier in the game. Carpenter's single came with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 4-2. The Cards wound up having seven straight batters reach base with two outs in the ninth, winning it when Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. There was a scare with Carpenter over the weekend when it appeared he might have re-injured his oblique, but it looks like he's going to be OK.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 12:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
5Gabriel Lino
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
4Jordan Schafer
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Luke Weaver
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips