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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||630.00||12.00||.298||66.00||109.00||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|
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.
Matt Carpenter homers, drives in four runs in Game 1 win
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/3/14) Cardinals third base Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 10-9 win over the Dodgers Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Carpenter knocked a solo home run in the sixth inning to reduce his team's deficit to four runs before the Cardinals exploded for eight runs in the seventh, three of which came on a bases-loaded double by the third baseman. He hit just eight home runs in the regular season while posting a .272/.375/.375 line in 595 at-bats.
Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams back in the lineup
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
|(9/22/14) After sitting out with a stomach bug, both Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup for Monday's game at the Cubs. Neither player has appeared in a game since Friday.
Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams out Saturday with illness
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/20/14) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Matt Adams are not in the starting lineup Saturday due to stomach illness, MLB.com reports.
|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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