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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 had another strong game from the leadoff spot Friday, going 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and a walk against the Rockies.
With the way it's worked out the last two days, it looks like we'll be seeing Carpenter batting first and Kolten Wong hitting third for the foreseeable future. It should help the fantasy value of both. Wong went 2-fo-r5 with two runs scored and an RBI tonight. Aug 1 - 2:37 AM

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Moved back into the leadoff spot, Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four runs scored in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.

The Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it, with a Greg Garcia bases-loaded walk ending the game. Carpenter turned in far and away his best game since April. He hadn't had even three hits since May 22. The Cards will probably keep him in the leadoff spot for now, but that might not be bad news for Kolten Wong; Wong hit third with Matt Holliday out tonight.
Jul 31 - 12:30 AM

Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.

The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now.
Jul 28 - 11:08 PM

Matt Carpenter has moved back to the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's makeup game against the visiting Royals.

Carpenter, who's been in an ugly slump since early June, spent the last two nights hitting seventh. He obviously carries more fantasy potential as a No. 2 hitter, but it might not be the best spot for him right now. Carpenter was sidelined earlier this season with a case of extreme fatigue and he has looked slow to fastballs over the last couple of months.
Jul 23 - 3:41 PM

Matt Carpenter is batting seventh for the Cardinals again on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI out of that spot Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-5 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The third baseman has been in an extended offensive slump and continuing to bat him lower in the lineup may help take some pressure off, though it does slightly dent his fantasy potential. Kolten Wong is leading off and Randal Grichuk is hitting second on Wednesday.
Jul 22 - 4:39 PM

Matt Carpenter is hitting seventh for the Cardinals on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

This is just the second time since the beginning of 2013 that Carpenter has hit so low in the Cardinals' batting order. The third baseman is mired in an extended offensive slump, slashing .176/.315/.228 since June 1.
Jul 21 - 4:46 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

The struggling third baseman is getting some rest. Pete Kozma is at the hot corner in Carpenter's place.
Jul 19 - 11:31 AM

Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer and drew a walk Friday against the Pirates.

Carpenter hadn't hit a home run since way back on May 25. The 29-year-old has been in an extended slump since his hot start to the season, with a sharp uptick in strikeouts. It's worth noting that Friday was the first time in seven games that Carpenter didn't strike out.
Jul 10 - 10:48 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Pirates on Thursday.

Carpenter has been coasting after his scorching start -- his OPS fell below .800 with his 0-for-4 on Wednesday -- but he's still a pretty reasonable bet for the second half. Certainly, he's in a very good fantasy situation as the No. 2 hitter on a high-powered offense. He's just not likely to resume hitting a bunch of homers.
Jul 9 - 10:39 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

Mark Reynolds will start at third base while Xavier Scruggs plays first. Carpenter figures to play in the second game.
Jul 7 - 11:34 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Brandon Moss
2Mark Reynolds
3Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva