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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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

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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

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mets.

Carpenter is stuck in a 4-for-34 (.118) offensive rut, so he's getting a mental break. Daniel Descalso will start at third base versus Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Jun 17 - 5:15 PM

Matt Carpenter reached base in all six of his trips to the plate as the Cardinals downed the Royals 5-2 in 11 innings Wednesday night in Kansas City.

Carpenter's biggest hit was a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 11th inning that gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. Carpenter also had another double earlier in the game and tallied three singles while walking once. The second baseman now boasts a .395 on-base percentage, which is higher than his .392 mark from 2013, when he finished fourth in the National League MVP balloting.
Jun 5 - 12:15 AM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a double in Friday's loss to the Giants.

With two more hits tonight, Carpenter is batting .377 (20-for-53) over his last 12 games. The recent hot streak has improved his batting average 29 points, from .256 to .285. It would be nice to see more power, but he's still a valuable option in mixed leagues.
May 31 - 12:45 AM

Matt Carpenter made his first appearance of the year it the outfield during Monday's 12-inning game.

Carpenter has made 14 starts in the outfield as a major leaguer, so it's not unfamiliar territory for him. Most of those came in 2012, though. He made just one start and one other appearance in right field last year.
Apr 29 - 12:43 AM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Pirates on Sunday.

Carpenter is still searching for his power stroke, as the double was just his second of the year to go with one home run. In all, the third baseman is batting .281/.377/.333. One thing that isn't lacking is his runs scored, as Sunday's was his 18th run scored this season after scoring 126 last year.
Apr 27 - 6:24 PM

Matt Carpenter had a four-hit night from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Mets.

Carpenter scored once and was thrown out at home plate trying to score the tying run in the ninth. He's scored 15 runs in 22 games for the season. That doesn't quite match last year's pace, but it certainly isn't bad.
Apr 23 - 11:59 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

It's simply a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso is at third base in Carpenter's place, while Kolten Wong is holding down the leadoff spot. Peter Bourjos is also sitting out, with Jon Jay handling center field.

Matt Carpenter was ejected from Monday's game against the Brewers for arguing a called strike three.

Carpenter had a beef, as the ball was clearly outside. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson had been calling the pitch a strike all night and evidently didn't care for Carpenter objecting to his poor zone. Daniel Descalso replaced Carpenter at third base.
Apr 14 - 9:38 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Cubs on Saturday.

Carpenter had an RBI single in a four-run second inning and another one in a five-run fourth. With a .300/.431/.375 batting line to go along with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored through 11 games, the 28-year-old has picked up from where he left off last year.
Apr 12 - 6:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez