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13 Matt Carpenter 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 11/26/1985 | Birthplace: Galveston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 99/97 | Average Draft Position: 92.98
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Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter blasts eighth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 1 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 6-1 win over the Royals on Sunday. 

Carpenter did his damage in the sixth when he belted a two-run home run off of Yordano Ventura, his eighth of the season. Carpenter, who also walked twice and struck out once, is now hitting .323 with 27 RBI in 158 at-bats this season.

"He's just a pro," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "We're big fans of the way he goes about his work, how he plays the game and how he respects the game and his teammates."


Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter out of Cardinals' lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) With the Cardinals facing a left-hander on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny has loaded his lineup with right-handed bats. Both Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter will start the game on the bench, despite the fact that both men are hitting over .300 against southpaws this season. In fact, Heyward. is hitting better against lefties than righties (.368 vs. .196). 

Randal Grichuk will man right field and Pete Kozma is handling third base on Tuesday. Kolten Wong is the only left-handed bat in Matheny's starting lineup.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter hits team-leading seventh homerun


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter launched his seventh home run of the season in the team's 10-inning loss to the Tigers on Saturday. Carpenter's solo shot came off David Price in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one run apiece.

This was his fourth home run in May. At this time last year, Carpenter had just one home run so he seems to have solidified his pop early on in 2015. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter plays role of hero in victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter struck out three times in his first three at-bats Thursday in Cleveland. Then he made up for it with one swing in the eighth inning.

"I was able to lay off a couple tough sinkers by (Marc) Rzepczynski and get one up in the zone and put a good swing on it," Carpenter said after the game, per MLB.com.

Carpenter blasted a two-run homer just over the outstretched glove of Michael Bourn in right-center to turn a potential 1-0 loss into a 2-1 lead that stood up. He has six home runs and 23 RBI on the year.

His .612 slugging percentage ranks sixth in the majors.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits 15th double


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit his 15th double of the year in Tuesday's win over Cleveland. 

Carpenter went 2 for 5, raising his average to .336. He scored twice and drove in his 21st run of the season. 


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter returns, Jon Jay sits Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (fatigue) is back in the starting lineup and batting second Tuesday, while center fielder Jon Jay (thumb) is on the bench for his team's game against the Indians.

Carpenter missed four games last week due to extreme fatigue but is ready to see his first action since Wednesday. He has hit .333/.403/.620 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 108 at-bats.

Jay suffered a thumb injury Saturday and was only able to serve as a pinch-runner Sunday. Peter Bourjos will make another start in center field with Jay sidelined.

The Cardinals are underdogs (+110) in Cleveland Tuesday.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter expected to return Tuesday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Third baseman Matt Carpenter will return to the Cardinals on Tuesday after missing four straight games dealing with what the team called "extreme fatigue," per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Carpenter experienced dizziness, an elevated heart rate and trouble sleeping last week. The team ran tests, thinking it was a virus, but they did not reveal anything. So manager Mike Matheny decided to give Carpenter four days off. 

"Whenever a guy is that worn out we have to figure out a way," Matheny said. "It would make 'Carp' absolutely sick that we're having conversations like this. The reason he is able to do what he's been able to do is because of the work that he puts in."

Carpenter is hitting .333 with five homers and 20 RBIs this season, but was only 4-for-22 in six games so far this month. 


Cardinals' Carpenter dealing with fatigue, out for series with Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is suffering from "extreme fatigue" and will not be available for the team's series in Pittsburgh, according to MLB.com. Carpenter was left in St. Louis to rest, though it is not yet known if he will be available for the three-game series in Cleveland that starts Monday. 

Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter out of lineup on Friday vs. Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup for the second conseuctive game on Friday against the Pirates. No word has been given regarding a possible injury for Carpenter, though he recently did have a bout of light headness. The Cardinals are facing a tough left-hander in Francisco Liriano on Friday, so it's likely that Mike Matheny is simply loading up on right-handers in his lineup. 

Pete Kozma is getting the start at third base while batting eighth for Matheny.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter gets first day off in 2015 on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was given his first day off of 2015, as he was held out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cubs. Carpenter had started all 27 games so far for St. Louis, but he has just four hits in 22 at-bats this month, so manager Mike Matheny opted to give him a rest.

Mark Reynolds received the start at the hot corner and hit fifth on Thursday, while Jon Jay moved up to the leadoff spot in the order.

The team is playing their 17th straight game without a break on Thursday, and their next schedule off-day isn't until May 11. So Matheny thought it best to give his starting third baseman a breather. 

"That's emotionally draining, physically draining," Matheny said, per FoxSports.com. "Some of these other guys have been stepping up big and got to keep them sharp."


Matt Carpenter leads Cardinals with three-run homer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a three-run, game-tying home run in the fifth inning of Tuesday's win over the Cubs. 

Carpenter went 1 for 3 and is hitting .346 this year. He has five home runs and added a fourth RBI later in the game to give him 20 on the season. 


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter goes 0 for 5 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has been off to a hot start this season. 

However, in Monday night's 10-9 win over the Cubs, Carpenter's bat was missing in action. Carpenter finished the game 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. This is only the fourth time this season in 24 games that Carpenter has gone without a hit. 

This is also the first time in 2015 that Carpenter recorded less than two hits in five at-bats in a single game. 

He now holds a slash line of .347/.412/.624. 


Carpenter, Wong in Cards' lineup for Monday; Molina out


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Although he exited Sunday's game with light headness, third basman Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday, batting second.

Kolten Wong received a rest and was not in Sunday's lineup for the Cards but returns Monday, playing second base and batting seventh.

Struggling catcher Yadier Molina, who's been dealing with knee soreness, will not start Monday as Tony Cruz gets the nod at catcher and will hit eighth.

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter cracks fourth home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 1 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 3-2 win over the Pirates in 14 innings on Sunday.

Carpenter did his damage in the fourth inning when he took a Vance Worley pitch out of the park for a solo shot, his fourth of the season. Carpenter was removed larter on after dealing with "light headness." 

Carpenter, who also struck out twice, boosted his average to .365 with 16 RBI in 96 at-bats this season. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter exits game with 'light headness'


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter left Sunday's game against the Pirates with light headness, the team has announced.

Carpenter was 1 for 3 with a home run before exiting.

Kolten Wong subsequently entered the game at second base and Peter Kozma, who started at second, moved over to third.

Matt Carpenter wins game for Cardinals in 11th inning


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to give St. Louis an 11-inning win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

"I came up there I was waiting to see what happened. He threw the first pitch right down the middle and I figured, 'OK, I guess they're going to pitch to me,' so I was ready to hit the next one," Carpenter said

Carpenter went 0 for 5, but his 15th RBI of the season was the difference in the game. The hitless game after back-to-back two-hit outings dropped his average to .366.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter a 'fan' of hitting in the No. 2 spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was the team's leadoff man for 329 straight starts in the last three seasons. He revealed that manager Mike Matheny approached him earlier in the week and brought up to the idea of moving him to the No. 2 spot moving forward, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"He didn't actually mention putting me there," Carpenter said. "He just said I would fit that hole well, but that 'we don't want to move you out of that leadoff spot.'

"The very next day, he decided to go with it."

Since taking over the second spot in the batting order on Tuesday, Carpenter has hit .364 (4 for 11) with two doubles, a triple and three RBI in three games.

"I'm a fan of it," Carpenter said. "I think it worked this week and I think it's going to continue to work."


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter scores three runs Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter collected two hits and scored three runs during Thursday's 9-3 win over the Phillies.

Carpenter went 2 for 3 during the game with two walks. He also drove in one run and is batting .372. Carpenter has multiple hits in three of his last four games.


Cardinals' Jay leading off, Carpenter batting second Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting leadoff Tuesday against the Phillies, with third baseman Matt Carpenter moving to the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

It's the first time this season the Cardinals haven't had Carpenter in the leadoff spot, and former No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward is back in the lineup Tuesday but batting sixth. Jay has hit just .233/.324/.267 with seven runs scored in 60 at-bats. Carpenter has hit .373/.427/.640 with three home runs, 11 RBI and a league-leading 11 doubles in 75 at-bats.

The Cardinals are heavy favorites (-210) against the Phillies Tuesday.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter sees hit streak end at 12


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Matt Carpenter, who had been one of the keys to the Cardinals offense to start the season thanks to his 12-game hitting streak, saw the run come to an end Sunday despite a couple of loud outs. 

Carpenter, who picked up 22 hits over the 12 games, remains fourth in the NL in hitting at .366 with a league-leading 10 doubles. 

"That's why hitting streaks are so hard," Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You have days when you hit balls right at people and you have a day when the pitcher is dictating your at-bats and a day when the umpire is dictating your at-bats. To be honest, that's what it felt like."


Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter rips third homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 1 for 3 at the plate Wednesday in St. Louis' 7-5 win over the Nationals. Carpenter did his damage in the first inning, ripping a lead off home run off Doug Fister, his third of the season.

Carpenter, who also walked twice, is now hitting .377 with five RBI in 53 at-bats.


Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter smacks lead off homer


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) 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
(4/18/2015) 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
(4/16/2015) 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
(4/12/2015) 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.