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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: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/96 | Average Draft Position: 35.46
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Matt Carpenter working to refine his fielding


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is working to refine his fielding, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Carpenter took part in extra reps prior to Wednesday's game. He worked with assistant hitting coach, and former third baseman, David Bell, and infield coach Jose Oquendo. Despite moving back to his natural position during the offseason, Carpenter has dealt with some defensive struggles early. Oquendo is quick to point out that though third is his natural spot, Carpenter did not play the position much last year. 

Manager Mike Matheny also hinted at Carpenter's lack of comfort transitioning to his play in the batter's box. "I don’t think you can take that out of the equation either," Matheny said. "Meanwhile, he’s still trying to get a little more comfortable offensively, too."

Through 132 at-bats, Carpenter has hit .288, with one home run.


Matt Carpenter not comfortable with swing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has at least one strikeout in five of his last six games and has totaled 32 through 32 games, which is well ahead of the pace he set last season with 98 strikeouts in 157 games.

"He has such a good eye and knows his zone (but) those borderlines are getting called right now," manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You see Carp fouling off tough pitches. I see him fouling off some pitches that he would normally square up a little more. Having a high pitch count isn’t necessarily a good thing when you’re getting pitches you can drive."

Carpenter, who is averaging 4.24 pitches per at-bat, is hitting .264 with a .314 slugging percentage after batting .318 with a .481 slugging percentage last season. Carpenter said he's still not comfortable yet with his swing.

"That’s the beauty of this game and especially my skill set -- even if my swing is just OK I can be productive too, get on base, take a walk, find a way to squeak a base hit in," Carpenter said. "That’s kind of been the story of my season so far. The swing has not felt great, yet. I’m trying to find a way to work counts, get good pitches and battle. The (swing) wasn’t great. It didn’t feel great. But in terms of being competitive, that’s one thing you can do everyday."


Matt Carpenter finding his way


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was almost constantly on base Wednesday, in a 3-2 loss to the Mets. Carpenter reached four times, with three singles and a walk to his credit, though he scored just once while going 4 for 5.

 A recent three-game hitting streak has raised Carpenter's average to .296, and he carries a .392 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage as well through 22 games. 


Matt Carpenter reaches base three times Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 1 for 3 with one RBI and two walks in his team's 6-3 loss to the Cubs Friday.

Carpenter has been an on-base machine over the first part of the season, drawing nine walks and being hit by a pitch once while leading off in each of his team's first 10 games. He has hit .286/.435/.371 with one home run and four RBI in 35 at-bats.


Matt Carpenter homers in lopsided loss to Pittsburgh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Second baseman Matt Carpenter was pretty much the entire Cardinals offense Friday against Pittsburgh.

Carpenter drove in both runs with a home run in the fifth inning against Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. He had already led off the game with a single and finished with two of his team's six hits to elevate his batting average for the season to .286.


Matt Carpenter signs six-year extension with Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) The Cardinals have reached a six-year agreement with blossoming third baseman Matt Carpenter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. The deal is worth $52 million with a team option for 2020.

The contract covers all three seasons in which Carpenter would be arbitration eligible and potentially three years of free agency.

The 28-year-old Carpenter blossomed in 2013, finishing fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting after leading the league in runs, doubles and hits. He was also among the premier clutch hitters in the game and has proven himself as an infielder and outfielder. His move to third base this season is expected to be permanent.

Carpenter left the team during the game Wednesday for a physical. That is standard practice before teams and players agree to a long-term deal.


Matt Carpenter's extension likely six years


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is looking at a six-year extension, according to FoxSports.com.

The deal is said to be worth $50 million and $55 million. The two sides are "very close" to completing the deal. The 28-year-old Carpenter posted a .318/.392/.481 slash line over 626 at-bats last year.


Matt Carpenter closing in on long-term extension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is closing in on a long-term extension with the club, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The rumored deal is said to cover at least three seasons of arbitration, and should cover some free-agent years. The St. Louis Post Dispatch initially reported the two sides were discussing a deal Wednesday. 

Carpenter hit .318/.392/.481 in 626 at-bats last year.


Cardinals, Matt Carpenter discuss extension


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) The Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter are discussing a multiyear extension and continued to progress toward a deal Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter left the team's complex during Wednesday's game, "presumably to have a physical," according to the report. He just completed his first full season with the Cardinals, hitting .318/.392/.481 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI in 626 at-bats in 2013.


Matt Carpenter aiming to 'exceed' expectations


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) For the first time in his major-league career, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter enters spring training with expectations, and that's fine with him, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"The thing that I’m so excited about for me personally this year is there are expectations," Carpenter said. "This is the first time in my career that I’ve had that chance, that I’ve had those expectations. Think about it. Every year, it’s been like maybe he’ll make the team. Then the next year, it’s maybe he’ll play second base. This year, well he’s going to play and this is what he did, so there’s an expectation. For the first time in my career, I get a chance to live up to an expectation.

"My goal is to exceed those."


Matt Carpenter could discuss extension during the spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter could be in line to discuss a contract extension during spring training, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

General manager John Mozeliak indicated that the two sides hadn't talked yet, but will likely do so during spring training. Carpenter is under team control through 2017, so making a move isn't imminent. An extension would likely buy out Carpenter's arbitration years and possibly the early years of his free agency. The 28-year-old Carpenter hit .318/.392/.481 in 626 at-bats.


Matt Carpenter, Ian Desmond, Pedro Alvarez win Silver Sluggers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez have joined Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as Silver Slugger award winners among National League infielders.

Carpenter's first Silver Slugger award comes after leading the majors in runs (126), hits (199) and doubles (55) while hitting .318/.392/.481 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI in 626 at-bats. Desmond's second straight Silver Slugger award comes after hitting .280/.331/.453 with 20 home runs, 80 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 600 at-bats. Alvarez's first career Silver Slugger award comes after hitting .233/.296/.473 with 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 558 at-bats.


Matt Carpenter's three hits aren't enough in Game 6 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter went 3 for 5 with a double Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a series-ending loss as the Red Sox took Game 6 of the World Series 6-1.

Carpenter flew out to left field to begin Game 6, falling just short of the Green Monster. Coming up with one out in the third inning, he punched a single over the outstretched glove of the shortstop. He added another single to right field in the fifth inning and lined a double down the left field line in the seventh. Up with two outs in the ninth inning, Carpenter struck out swinging to end the series. He went 8 for 27 during the six-game series, but Wednesday's double was his only extra-base hit against the Red Sox.


Matt Carpenter tallies run, RBI in Game 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter was the only St. Louis hitter with multiple hits Sunday, going 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI in his team's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series.

Carpenter grounded out to the second baseman in his first at-bat, then singled through the infield in the third inning and advanced to second base on a fielding error. He came around to score the game's first run on a single by Carlos Beltran.

Carpenter struck out looking to begin the bottom of the fifth before coming up with two outs and a man on second base in the seventh inning, when he drove in a run with a single to right to cut his team's deficit to 4-2. He had another chance to deliver a big hit with a man on and one out in the ninth but couldn't come through. His run would be the last run the Cardinals would score in the game, sending the series to Game 5 Monday tied 2-2.


Matt Carpenter drives in run in Game 2 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter went 0 for 4 Thursday but drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in his team's 4-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series.

Carpenter grounded out twice and struck out once in his first three at-bats. However, he was given the chance to pay the hero in the seventh inning with his team down one, coming up with the bases loaded and just one out. He delivered a fly out to left field, bringing not just the runner home from third base for Carpenter's RBI, but also another run on a poor throw by the pitcher that tried to nail the runner heading to third.

Carpenter committed a fielding error on a tough play in the eighth inning trying to make a hurried throw to get Jacoby Ellsbury, but it didn't come back to haunt him as the Cardinals kept the Red Sox off the board in the inning. He's 1 for 8 as the series heads to St. Louis.


Matt Carpenter struggles in NLDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Cardinals second baseman and lead-off man Matt Carpenter continued to struggle in the National League Division Series Wednesday despite his team's 6-1 win over the Pirates. Carpenter went 0 for 4 in Game 5, making him hitless in his last four games and just 1 for 19 over the five-game series.

Carpenter closed the regular season on a 1-for-14 funk over his last four games despite hitting .349/.441/.523 overall in the month of September. He'll look to shake out of his recent slump when the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers begins Friday.


Matt Carpenter could switch positions in 2014


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter has been among the best in the league at his position this season, but with top prospect Kolten Wong appearing close to joining the major-league team on a regular basis, the Cardinals could shift Carpenter to a new position in 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"The answer is," general manager John Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch Friday after a question about Carpenter's future position, continuing after a pause, "I don’t think I need to answer that. The good news is we have some flexibility."

Carpenter leads all major-league second baseman in batting average (.321) and on-base percentage (.395). He leads all players in runs scored by a wide margin, with his 126 runs placing him 18 ahead of the player in second place (Mike Trout).