Matt Carpenter 3B STL 5 days ago

Carpenter hit his second home run of the season Sunday, going 2-for-3 in the win over Cincinnati.

Carpenter is now hitting .400/.449/.689 following his seventh consecutive multi-hit game and is off to a terrific start with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI in just 11 games. The power isn't going to be what you'd get from a typical top third baseman but Carpenter should deliver a solid average and a ton of runs scored again this season.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 days ago

Carpenter went 2-for-5 Saturday with two RBI and his seventh double of the season.

That's six straight multi-hit games for Carpenter, who's raking to the tune of .381/.435/.619 with nine runs and nine RBI through his first 10 games on the season.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 1 week ago

Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Cardinals' win over the Reds on Friday night.

Both hits were doubles, one off Johnny Cueto to lead to the Cards' first run, the other to help cap off the scoring against J.J. Hoover in the eighth. He's now hitting a robust .378/.439/.622.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 2 weeks ago

Carpenter went 2-for-5 with a walk Sunday against the Reds, driving in four and scoring two runs while launching the game-winning two-run home run in his last at-bat.

Carpenter is off to another good start this season, hitting .300/.417/.450 through the Cardinals' first five games. He's not the prototypical third-baseman but he'll provide plenty of value to both the Cardinals and fantasy owners in 2015.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 3 weeks ago

Carpenter (quad) has a .324 batting average over 34 Grapefruit League at-bats this spring, albeit with no home runs or stolen bases.

Carpenter suffered a minor quad contusion last week but quickly returned to action. While there was some talk that he might not bat leadoff this season, Carpenter has been in his usual spot for most of spring training.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 1 month ago

Carpenter left Wednesday's spring training game against the Nationals in the third inning with a right quad contusion.

A quad contusion is probably a best case scenario for Carpenter, as it probably won't cost him too much time overall. He left the game as the result of getting plunked by a pitch, and should be considered day-to-day at this point.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 5 months ago

The Cardinals are considering moving Carpenter from the leadoff spot next season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny are looking at ways to upgrade an offense which finished ninth in the NL in runs scored in 2014 with 619, and moving Carpenter down to second or third in the batting order is one option being considered. While Carpenter has a .384 OBP and has scored more runs (225) than anyone in baseball over the past two seasons, he can also hit for extra bases and the team already has an in-house option in Jon Jay that could be a serviceable replacement atop the lineup. Jay led the team with a .303 average last season and was the leadoff man before Carpenter. Kolten Wong could eventually be an option to bat first, but he'll need to improve his on-base skills significantly before that becomes realistic.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 months ago

Carpenter was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup.

Carpenter was in the original starting lineup, but was scratched after the Cardinals clinched the NL Central division following Pittsburgh's loss to the Reds. Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta and Jon Jay will take a seat as well.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 months ago

Carpenter (illness) is back in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Carpenter has been held out of the starting lineup for back-to-back days, but both he and teammate Matt Adams -- who was also dealing with a "bug" -- will return to action Monday night. Carpenter will resume his regular role manning the hot corner and hitting atop the order.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 months ago

Carpenter (illness) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter, as well as teammate Matt Adams, is dealing with a "bug" that kept him out of action Saturday. It's unknown whether Carpenter will be available off the bench Sunday night, but the team will likely hold him out to rest up, if possible.