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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%: 99/91 | Average Draft Position: 92.92
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Scuffling Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter gets afternoon off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is catching a break in the first game of the Tuesday doubleheader against the host Cubs. He is out of the lineup as Mark Reynolds will man the position instead.

Carpenter has been in a slump. He is hitless in his last two games and has just seven hits in his last 48 at-bats. His .271 average is at its lowest point since the second game of the season.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter gets two hits, two walks in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with two walks and a RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Carpenter entered the game with just two hits over his last 12 at-bats.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong back in lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) The Cardinals have returned third baseman Matt Carpenter and second baseman Kolten Wong to the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the White Sox. Both players were rested on Tuesday against Chris Sale, but they will take their normal positions in Wednesday's lineup.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter takes a seat with Sale on the mound


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is getting the day off and is being held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox. Carpenter had started five straight games, collecting just three hits in 21 at-bats over that span.

And, with a .222 batting average against left-handers this season, Carpenter will be shielded from one of the finest southpaws in the game, Chris Sale, who is starting on Tuesday.

Mark Reynolds is handling the hot corner while Xavier Scruggs handles first base on Tuesday.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter good to go on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Marlins. Carpenter was out of Tuesday's game with back tightness, but he is able to give it a go on Wednesday.

He is 4 for 14 lifetime against Marlins starter Mat Latos.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (back) sitting Tuesday at Miami


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has arrived at the ballpark for 30 straight games and has seen his name on the lineup card every time.

But not Tuesday in Miami.

Carpenter is getting a rare break with Mark Reynolds set to play the spot instead. Manager Mike Matheny said he was looking to rest Carpenter, and the decision was made easier when Carpenter arrived to the ballpark dealing with mid-back tightness, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The former has been struggling a bit in June. He is batting .200 (9-for-45) over the last 15 games.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter records two hits, RBI in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 with a RBI in his team's 4-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

Carpenter snapped a five game hit-less streak with the multi-hit performance. 

Carpenter is hitting .297 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 209 at-bats this season.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter: Kershaw didn't hit me on purpose


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) When you've been plunked by a Clayton Kershaw fastball, you've been seriously plunked. But Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter doesn't believe the Dodgers left-hander hit him on purpose Saturday.

That theory was considered by some because Carpenter has played a role in beating Kershaw in a couple playoff games, but he dismissed it.

"I was thinking about that yesterday," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But I don't think he's the kind of guy who would hit me on purpose. He'd already come inside once during the at-bat. Then he threw a slider and curveball away. ... So, no. It was just one of those deals."

Carpenter, who was back in the lineup Sunday, said that the swelling on his right triceps had been reduced considerably. He added that he was still stiff, but felt "way better."


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter fine for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) A triceps issue that knocked Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter out of the game Saturday has not kept him sidelined Sunday. He is in the lineup against the host Dodgers.

Carpenter has remained productive all season. He has not gone more than two straight games without a hit, resulting in a fine slash line of .309/.395/.533.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter leaves Saturday's game early


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter exited Saturday's game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning with a right triceps contusion. Carpenter was hit by a pitch in his elbow in the first inning but was able to remain in the game. He struck out in the top of the fourth, but did not come back out for the bottom half. 

Kolten Wong, who started the game on the bench, came in to play second with Pete Kozma sliding over to third. 

Carpenter is considered day-to-day heading into Sunday's series-finale in Los Angeles.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter drives in two runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter collected two RBI to help lead the Cardinals to a 7-4 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Carpenter finished the game 2 for 4 with one run scored. Carpenter drove in the two runs when he singled off Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning.

He is now batting .314 on the season. Over his last six games, Carpenter is 6 for 19 with two RBI.


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.