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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||620.00||9.00||.281||67.00||102.00||3.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Fiers (Career)||11||1||0|| .091||.091||.091|
|vs RHP||37||14||2|| .425|| .703|| .378|
|12/26/2014||Giancarlo Stanton, RF MIA|
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
|Mike Fiers, SP MIL|
Cole Hamels, SP PHI
James Paxton, SP SEA
Aroldis Chapman, RP CIN
Matt Carpenter, 3B STL
|12/26/2014||Matt Carpenter, 3B STL|
Roenis Elias, SP SEA
|J.D. Martinez, RF DET|
Howie Kendrick, 2B LAD
|12/26/2014||Adam Wainwright, SP STL||Matt Carpenter, 3B STL|
Michael Wacha, SP STL
|Last 10 Games|
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter smacks lead off homer
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/20/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 2-1 win over the Reds Sunday. Carpenter provided most of the offense for the Cardinals in the game, smacking a leadoff home run in the first inning over the center field wall off of Mike Leake, his second of the season.
"I didn't know I had that in me," Carpenter said to MLB.com. "I got a good swing off, and I guess it was carrying a little bit better tonight than usual, because I don't hit balls up there often."
He later added a single to boost his average to .400 in 45 at-bats this season. He also leads the team with 10 RBI from the lead off spot in the order.
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter feels like an MVP again
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(4/18/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is off to a fast start, and he thinks he's back to his MVP form of two years ago.
"I feel as close to if not better than I felt in 2013," Carpenter said, per MLB.com. "Everything is kind of clicking right now."
Carpenter is hitting .378 with a home run, six doubles and seven RBI. His OPS is 1.061.
Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter has another multihit game
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/16/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter collected his fourth straight two-hit game and sixth this season during a 4-0 win Thursday against the Brewers. He had two doubles, one run and one RBI.
Carpenter is batting .364 (12 for 33) with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in eight games. He also has seven runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter rips game-winning home run Sunday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/12/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 from the plate in St. Louis' 7-5 win over the Reds Sunday in 11 innings.
Carpenter got things going in the fifth inning when he singled home both Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong. Then, with the game tied in the 11th, Carpenter ripped a 3-2 pitch from Kevin Gregg to center for his first home run of the year, driving in Kolten Wong.
Carpenter is now hitting .300 with five RBI in 20 at-bats this season.
|2014 summary: It was apparent something was off for Matt Carpenter from the beginning of 2014. He was striking out every fourth at-bat in April, up from every sixth at-bat in 2013. He got that under control in May and hit 30 of his 33 doubles thereafter, coming closer to his MLB-leading 55-doubles pace from the year before while also leading the NL with 95 walks. But the decline in batting average of nearly 50 points from 2013 never righted itself, taking him from MVP candidate to also-ran.|
Playing time status: Though he didn't live up to his 2014 numbers, Carpenter was still one of the top leadoff men in the game, reaching base at a .375 clip and scoring 99 runs. The Cardinals have discussed dropping him to third in the lineup, which would change the distribution of his runs and RBI without altering his value overall. Just something to keep in mind if you consider him a category specialist in Rotisserie leagues.
2015 outlook: Most likely, Carpenter will never have another season like he had in 2013. But given his high contact rate and line-drive approach, 2014 might be the floor for him, at least during the prime of his career, and he still ranked eighth among third basemen in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. You can draft him as such in 2015 and hope for the possibility of more, especially after his playoff power surge.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||@ WAS||7:05 pm||Gio Gonzalez|
|4/22/15||@ WAS||7:05 pm||Doug Fister|
|4/23/15||@ WAS||4:05 pm||Max Scherzer|
|4/24/15||@ MIL||8:10 pm||Matt Garza|
|4/25/15||@ MIL||7:10 pm||Wily Peralta|
|4/26/15||@ MIL||2:10 pm||Mike Fiers|
|4/27/15||PHI||8:15 pm||Cole Hamels|