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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 2-for-4 with an RBI single, two walks, and two runs scored Thursday against the Padres.
It was his first multi-hit game since June 18. Carpenter has seen his batting average fall 100 points from .378 to .278 since May 1. Jul 3 - 12:05 AM

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Matt Carpenter is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

Chris Sale is on the hill for the White Sox, so it's not a bad time to give Carpenter a bit of a breather. Mark Reynolds will start at third base while Xavier Scruggs plays first.
Jun 30 - 4:04 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) hit an RBI single in his return to the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he got gunned down at second base trying to stretch the single into a double. Carpenter missed Tuesday's series opener with tightness around the middle of his back. He should start at third base again on Thursday night.
Jun 25 - 8:32 AM

Matt Carpenter is dealing with some mid-back tightness.

That's part of the reason Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night in Miami, though manager Mike Matheny said he's been meaning to get the third baseman a day off anyway. It's not a serious issue. Mark Reynolds is at first base and Xavier Scruggs is at first base Tuesday versus the Marlins.
Jun 23 - 5:55 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

The Cardinals just had a scheduled off-day on Monday, but perhaps Carpenter is just getting another day of rest. Mark Reynolds will fill in at third base while Xavier Scruggs will play first.
Jun 23 - 3:39 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

Carpenter's double was his 19th of the season. He's cooled off from a blistering start to the year, but his overall numbers remain rock solid. The 29-year-old third baseman is hitting .291/.379/.485 with eight homers, 32 RBI and 40 runs scored this season.
Jun 18 - 4:18 PM

Matt Carpenter finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Carpenter had been in an ugly 1-for-13 slump in his previous five games before Wednesday's contest. He came through with an RBI single off Chad Bettis to score the first run of the game in the third inning before singling and scoring in the fifth. The cold snap dropped his average below .300, but the third baseman is still hitting a strong .297/.385/.507 on the year.
Jun 10 - 6:25 PM

Matt Carpenter (triceps) is in the Cardinals starting lineup on Sunday.

Carpenter was forced to leave Saturday's game with a right triceps contusion after he was drilled by a Clayton Kershaw pitch. He's slotted in the second spot in the Cardinals lineup against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers on Sunday.
Jun 7 - 4:55 PM

Matt Carpenter left Saturday's game against the Dodgers with a right triceps contusion.

Carpenter got hit on the upper right arm by a Clayton Kershaw pitch in his first-inning at-bat. He stuck around until the fourth, striking out swinging in his second at-bat, and then Kolten Wong replaced him in the Cardinals' lineup. Pete Kozma shifted to third, with Wong taking over at second base. Carpenter should be able to play in Sunday night's series finale.
Jun 6 - 11:11 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Carpenter and Jason Heyward were the only Cardinals with more than one knock in the contest. The multi-hit effort was Carpenter's 22nd such game of the season and the third baseman is now slashing a stellar .318/.396/.563 with eight homers, 27 RBI and 33 runs scored.
May 31 - 12:36 AM

Matt Carpenter slugged a two-run homer in the Cardinals' win over the Royals on Sunday.

It was a sixth-inning shot to right-center off Royals starter Yordano Ventura that lifted the Cardinals' lead from 2-1 to 4-1 and helped prevent a three-game sweep in Kansas City. Carpenter went 6-for-11 in the weekend set at Kauffman Stadium and he's now batting .323/.391/.595 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 39 games this season.
May 24 - 4:52 PM

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a rain-shortened loss to the Royals on Saturday.

Carpenter lofted his run-scoring single to shallow center in the fifth inning. It would be the last run either team scored before the rains began to fall. Despite hitting .323/.385/.581 with seven homers and 25 RBI, it appears that not even Carpenter can control the weather as of yet. Something to work on in the off-season.
May 23 - 10:29 PM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a walk Friday against the Royals.

Carpenter had two singles and a double. The 29-year-old had 19 two-hit games this season coming into Friday's action, but this was his first three-hit game of the year.
May 23 - 12:59 AM

Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets.

He's likely just getting some rest after starting the previous seven games. Pete Kozma will start at third base.
May 19 - 3:43 PM

Matt Carpenter slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Cardinals past the Indians 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Carpenter struck out in his first three at-bats against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, but he got to face Marc Rzepczynski in his fourth at-bat and drove a ball over the center field wall to put the Cardinals ahead for good. Carpenter is now batting .322/.387/.612 with six home runs, 23 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 30 games this season. He missed the Cardinals' series in Pittsburgh last weekend due to extreme fatigue, but the 29-year-old third baseman says he feels great now. We believe it.
May 14 - 3:48 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Tommy Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tim Cooney
7Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Seth Maness
5Matt Belisle
6Randy Choate
7Carlos Villanueva
8Miguel Socolovich
9Marcus Hatley