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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||620.00||9.00||.281||67.00||102.00||3.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs L.A. Dodgers||26||6||1|| .286|| .385|| .231|
|vs Collmenter (Career)||2||1||0|| .500||.400||.500|
|vs RHP||412||114||6|| .380|| .381|| .277|
|12/26/2014||Giancarlo Stanton, RF MIA|
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
|Mike Fiers, RP 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, LF DET|
Howie Kendrick, 2B LAD
|12/26/2014||Adam Wainwright, SP STL||Matt Carpenter, 3B STL|
Michael Wacha, SP STL
|Last 10 Games|
Matt Carpenter exits Cards' spring game with quad contusion
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/25/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was forced out of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals with a right quad contusion, per the team's official website. Carpenter was hit by a pitch in the opening frame, and was replaced by Pete Kozma to start the top of the third inning. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward.
Cardinals' Carpenter seeks to balance aggressiveness, patience
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hopes to combine the aggressiveness he displayed in 2013 with the patience he showed in 2014, MLB.com reports.
"I've had both extremes of it," Carpenter said. "I've had it where I've led the leagues in walks , and I've had where I've led the league in hits . I'm trying to search for that perfect balance where you're aggressive, but you're still patient.
"In the postseason, I felt that I was more aggressive than I had been at any point in my career, but at the same time, I wasn't flailing at balls. I didn't lose anything. Now, it's finding the perfect balance to where I'm swinging the bat, I'm being aggressive, I'm trying to do damage, but at the same time, I'm a guy who can walk a lot, get on base and set the tone as a leadoff hitter. I think that's part of growing up as a baseball player. You learn and you adapt and you continue to try to figure out who you are as a hitter."
Carpenter homered four times during last year's postseason after hitting just eight home runs during the regular season, with his first two postseason blasts coming on the first pitch of his at-bats. He's looking to capture that approach more often this season.
"I think he's a smart enough guy to do it because he knows what he does really well," hitting coach John Mabry said. "That's what you take pride in -- those guys who put in all the work to get to where they are and then say, 'I'm not happy.' They want to put in the extra work to get to that next step, the next level."
Carpenter is looking to build off a 2014 season in which he hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats.
Cardinals' Holliday: Matt Carpenter should be more aggressive
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/18/15) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been pressing third baseman Matt Carpenter to be more aggressive at the plate at informal workouts before the official start of camp, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
"It’s great to walk and have long at-bats but he’s got the potential to hit 50 doubles. We’ve seen it," Holliday said. "He’s got the potential to hit 15 to 20 homers. We saw that in the postseason. It’s fine that first at-bat of the game if you want to take some pitches. But I’d like to see him be a little bit more aggressive. It’s in there. He showed it. It’s in there for all of us."
Carpenter, slugged three home runs during last year's National League Division Series after adopting a more aggressive approach, hit .272/.375/.375 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 595 at-bats in 2014. The infielder also led the league in base on balls by drawing 95 walks.
Cardinals' Carpenter hoping to build off postseason power surge
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/26/15) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter hit just eight home runs with a .375 slugging percentage during the 2014 regular season, but had a much better power swing in the postseason, belting four home runs and slugging .722 in nine games.
“I took a more of an aggressive approach in the postseason,” Carpenter said, per STLBaseballWeekly.com. “Part of that was from the experience that I had gathered the year before. After a long season, going into the playoffs I felt like I wasn’t as prepared as I felt like I could’ve been. It kind of snowballed and my approach and the way I took the regular season at-bat in the postseason it wasn’t playing out well.”
Carpenter said his postseason success could have a positive impact on his power numbers in 2015.
"Certainly, I’m always going to be a guy who’s patient at the plate, but that was a good learning experience for me -- being aggressive," he said. "I don’t remember the exact numbers but out of the four home runs I hit, I think three of them were on the first pitch. That’s something typically I don’t do a lot of, and it was a good learning experience.”
Cardinals discuss option of moving Carpenter down in lineup
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(11/14/14) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he has discussed with Mike Matheny the possibility of moving second baseman Matt Carpenter down in the lineup next season in an attempt to improve the offense.
Carpenter performed well in that role last season. however, scoring 99 runs with 95 walks and compiling an on-base percentage of .375.
|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.
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