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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
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.
The slumping Carpenter has hit just .151 over his last eight games (5-for-33). Jedd Gyorko will fill in at first base and bat fifth Saturday against Rockies hurler Kyle Freeland. May 27 - 5:40 PM

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Matt Carpenter homered off Jake Arrieta in the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the third inning that extended the Cardinals' lead to 4-0. Entering the game, Carpenter was 0-for-28 in the regular season against Arrieta, his former teammate at TCU.
May 14 - 5:11 PM

Matt Carpenter finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, two walks, and a run scored in the Cardinals' 9-4 rout of the Marlins on Monday.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez actually carried the St. Louis offense in this one with a three-run double in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth. Carpenter contributed a two-run triple to that four-run fourth inning, giving him 17 RBI in his last 11 games. He's batting .266/.423/.533 on the season.
May 8 - 10:16 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

The homer, off Julio Teheran, was Carpenter's second in as many games and his third since the calendar turned to May. The new month has been good to the 31-year-old, who is hitting .267/.420/.523 after his average sat at .224 on April 28. The loss of Dexter Fowler and Stephen Piscotty hasn't changed Carpenter's status as the team's No. 3 hitter, good news for his counting stats and, in turn, his fantasy owners.
May 6 - 10:24 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Cardinals' loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Carpenter's bases-clearing three-run double in the bottom of the fifth put the Cardinals up 4-0 and drove Reds starter Bronson Arroyo from the game, but the St. Louis bullpen could not hold the line. Carpenter also had another double earlier in the game against Arroyo, along with a walk. He's batting .243/.375/.414 with 14 RBI.
Apr 30 - 5:55 PM

Matt Carpenter slugged a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday as the Cardinals roared back to beat the Blue Jays 8-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Carpenter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then ended the game with his four-run blast in the 11th, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk and five RBI in the afternoon victory. Randal Grichuk sent the game to extras with a game-tying two-run blast off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Carpenter, 31, is slashing .250/.373/.417 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games this season.
Apr 27 - 5:34 PM

Matt Carpenter was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for bumping into an umpire on Sunday.

Carpenter made contact with the home plate ump Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee after getting ejected for arguing a called third strike. He was set to bat second for St. Louis on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, but the 31-year-old first baseman has decided not to appeal the ruling.
Apr 25 - 4:28 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday of playing Matt Carpenter at third base that "we're not ruling that out as an option."

Jhonny Peralta is on the disabled list with an upper respiratory issue, leaving some at-bats to be had at the hot corner. Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia figure to see most of the time there, but using Carpenter at third base on occasion and putting Matt Adams or Jose Martinez at first is also an option. The Cards have said previously that they wanted to leave Carpenter at first base this season, but obviously his versatility offers them additional possibilities.
Apr 21 - 11:45 AM

Matt Carpenter (finger) is starting at first base Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates.

Carpenter missed a couple of games after suffering a laceration on a finger on his right hand Sunday while trying to field a groundball. Jose Martinez is in left field for St. Louis on Wednesday, with Randal Grichuk and Matt Adams both sitting. Carpenter will bat third versus Gerrit Cole.
Apr 19 - 11:07 AM

Matt Carpenter (finger) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday.

Carpenter suffered a laceration and some swelling to a finger on his right hand Sunday while trying to field a groundball. Jose Martinez will take another turn at first base and bat sixth Tuesday versus the Pirates.
Apr 18 - 4:10 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Monday's game that he's not sure whether Matt Carpenter (finger) will be ready to play Tuesday.

Carpenter was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to swelling in a finger on his right hand that suffered when he was hit with a grounder on Sunday. He'll probably test the finger out pregame Tuesday to see if he can return to the lineup. If Carpenter isn't ready, Jose Martinez could get another start at first base.
Apr 17 - 10:16 PM

Matt Carpenter was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to a lacerated and swollen finger on his right hand.

Carpenter was injured Sunday when his finger was nicked by a groundball. He finished that game but obviously isn't at 100 percent yet, although he could be available to pinch-hit Monday. Jose Martinez is at first base.
Apr 17 - 4:59 PM

Matt Carpenter blasted his first home run of the 2017 campaign in a losing effort against the Yankees on Friday.

Carpenter got his team on the board first, taking Masahiro Tanaka deep for a two-run shot in the first inning on Friday. He also drew a walk and struck out twice on the evening, finishing the night 1-for-3. He's off to a slow start at the dish this season, slashing .207/.359/.310 with one homer and four RBI.
Apr 14 - 10:07 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) is in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Nationals.

Carpenter sat out Tuesday's game with some minor back tightness, and because the Nats were throwing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He is starting at first base and batting third Wednesday against Nationals righty Max Scherzer.
Apr 12 - 12:45 PM

Matt Carpenter is dealing with some minor back tightness.

That's part of why he is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night, though the primary reason is his past struggles against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Carpenter also dealt with back issues this spring, but he should be fine with a day of rest. Jose Martinez is starting at first base and batting eighth Tuesday versus Washington.
Apr 11 - 5:42 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Sam Tuivailala
10Zach Duke