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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: 93.10
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Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter sees hit streak end at 12


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:13 am ET) 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.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Matt Carpenter exits Cards' spring game with quad contusion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) 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
(3/2/2015) 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 [2014], and I've had where I've led the league in hits [2013]. 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
(2/18/2015) 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
(1/26/2015) 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
(11/14/2014) 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
(10/3/2014) 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
(9/22/2014) 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
(9/20/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Matt Adams are not in the starting lineup Saturday due to stomach illness, MLB.com reports.

Matt Carpenter chips in three RBI during 7-6 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter doubled, homered and drove in three runs during a 7-6 win Sunday against the Padres. He also finished with three hits and two runs.

Carpenter led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run off Odraismer Despaigne to put St. Louis ahead 5-0. He then added a two-RBI double in the sixth inning, which gave St. Louis a 7-4 lead.

He is batting .271 with one triple, one home run, five doubles, 10 RBI, 11 runs, nine walks and one stolen base in 16 August games.


Matt Carpenter enjoying success on the road


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has excelled on the road this season, hitting .310/.399/.422 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 187 at-bats.

Carpenter's excellent road numbers are built in part by a .393 BABIP, so it remains to be seen if he can sustain his success. He has had issues at home this season, hitting just .254/.354/.339 with one home run and 16 RBI in 177 at-bats. It's a complete reversal from 2013, when Carpenter dominated at home while posting average numbers on the road. Despite seeing his numbers take a step back this year, Carpenter is participating in his second straight All-Star Game Tuesday.


National League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Matt Carpenter breaks slump with home run, double


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Second baseman Matt Carpenter was pretty much the entire offense for the Cardinals in a Wednesday loss to the Mets.

Carpenter set a tone that his teammates did not follow with a home run leading off the first inning. He doubled and scored in the ninth, but St. Louis fell short.

The big game was the first in a while for Carpenter, who was in a 2-for-22 slide heading into the game.


Matt Carpenter out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he has seen Carpenter fighting fatigue lately, MLB.com reports. Carpenter has started 69 of his team's first 70 games and played three innings in his only other time out of the starting lineup. The major-league leader in plate appearances, Carpenter has hit .283/.373/.370 with two home runs, 25 RBI and two stolen bases in 276 at-bats.


Matt Carpenter homers for first time in two months


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/8/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 5-0 win in Toronto, his first long ball since April 4. Carpenter's second homer of the season gave him 23 RBIs.

The leadoff hitter finished 2 for 5, raising his average to .299/.390/.394.


Matt Carpenter collects five hits in win vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter went 5 for 5 with one walk, two doubles, two RBI and two runs in his team's 5-2, 11-inning win over the Royals Wednesday.

Carpenter has racked up multiple hits in six of his last eight games, and Wednesday's hit explosion gives him a batting average over .300 for the first time since early April. He has hit .307/.395/.395 with one home run and 20 RBI in 238 at-bats.


Matt Carpenter's streak ends


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/3/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 0 for 4 in Monday's loss to the Royals, snapping his 14-game hitting streak. He also lost a 28-game streak of reaching base at Busch Stadium, according to MLB.com.

Carpenter is hitting .286/.372/.368 in 231 at-bats, with one homer and 18 RBI.


Matt Carpenter back to 2013 form?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/29/2014) Last season, Matt Carpenter hit .318 with an MLB-leading 55 doubles. He's on pace for significantly less than that this season.

But a 10-game hitting streak in which he's batting .356 (16 for 45) with five doubles -- or almost half his season total -- is a definite step in the right direction.

His four walks during that stretch may be as well. Yeah, he was walking at a higher rate earlier this season, which is typically a good thing, but clearly, it had an adverse effect on his numbers. He was overly selective, taking a higher percentage of pitches than any player in the majors, and the strikeouts began to pile up as a result. During this 10-game streak, he has just seven strikeouts, which is much closer to the rate he had last season.

Really, it's been going on all of May. The hitting streak simply brought it into focus. Carpenter is back in his comfort zone as far as selectivity goes, and the doubles are coming as a result. Now would not be the time to sell him short.


Matt Carpenter reaches five times Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter reached base five times Sunday against the Braves.

Carpenter singled in his first at-bat before walking in his next three plate appearances. He added another single in his final at-bat. Carpenter finished 2 for 2, with one run scored and no RBI. Carpenter is hitting .265 in 170 at-bats.