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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%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 92.91
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Cardinals' Matt Carpenter gets ejected on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was ejected from Saturday's game against the Padres. Carpenter was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. He was 0 for 3 prior to the ejection.

Matt Carpenter homers in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over Miami. 

Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games. He's hitting .368 over the streak. 

"He's always looking for something, something to add to his bag of tricks," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "It's been nice to add home runs into the bag this year, and we've reaped the benefits of that. And then to just look and see what they're going to give you [on defense], it's a smart play."


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter hits lead-off home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, giving the Cards an early 1-0 lead over the Rockies. Carpenter would finish the game going 2 for 4 with a double and his 13th dinger of the year.

Carpenter now has three homers in his last two games.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter has monster night at the plate vs. Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had a strong night at the plate on Thursday. Carpenter went 4 for 5 with a double, four RBI and four runs scored in the 9-8 win over the Rockies.

Carpenter also knocked a pair of home runs off starter Chris Rusin, including a three-run shot in the second inning. The two longballs give Carpenter 12 on the season.

Over his last 10 games, Carpenter is now batting .297 with three homers and seven RBI.


Matt Carpenter powers Cardinals to victory with two-run homer


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went deep on Thursday for his 10th home run of the season. The third-inning, two-run blast, his only hit of the game, gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead, and they would hold on for the 4-3 win over the Royals.

After going 135 at-bats between home runs, Carpenter has now hit two in his last 35 at-bats. But he has just three other hits over that same stretch, giving him a .143 average over the nine games. 


Struggling Matt Carpenter batting seventh for Cardinals on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is batting in the seventh spot in the order on Tuesday against the White Sox. This is the first time this season that Carpenter did not hit either first or second in the lineup.

Carpenter has been struggling offensively lately, batting .132 with a home run and five RBI over his last 11 games. He is also batting .198 against left-handers this year, so with the Cardinals set to face a tough southpaw on Tuesday, Carpenter was moved down in the order.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter given day off Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was not in Sunday's lineup against the Mets, the team announced.

He was replaced at third by Pete Kozma, who will bat eighth. Carpenter is hitting .161 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 15 games.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter belts ninth home run in loss Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had one hit in three at-bats on Friday, but the hit was good for a two-run home run. Carpenter's homer gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the third inning, but it wouldn't hold, as the Pirates would come back to win 5-2.

The home run was Carpenter's ninth of the season, but he had gone 41 games in between longballs. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter to hit leadoff despite struggles


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter will bat leadoff against the Pirates on Friday despite his recente struggles at the plate.

Carpenter is hitting just .164 in his last 18 games.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter drives in two runs in win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter got the scoring started in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Pirates. Carpenter laced a two-run single into right field, giving St. Louis the early 2-0 advantage. 

Overall, Carpenter went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Carpenter needed a game like this, as he has been struggling at the dish recently. In 10 games (nine starts) this month, Carpenter is batting .200 with four RBI and four runs scored. 


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.