Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month ago

Carpenter was told Tuesday that he will enter the 2017 season as the Cardinals' first baseman, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals thought that the jumbled infield contributed to the team's uneven play throughout the year, so they decided to commit Carpenter to one position right out of the gate. This move definitely hurts Matt Adams' fantasy value, but it means that Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko will likely get to compete for St. Louis' starting third base job. All in all for Carpenter, however, it doesn't affect his value a ton for the 2017 campaign given his enormous position eligibility he'll carry over from 2016, but it could drop his 2018 stock considerably for those in dynasty leagues, as he'll now have to outperform big boppers like Edwin Encarnacion to garner fantasy value as a first baseman.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-2 with a home run, four RBI and two walks during Sunday's 10-4 win over the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter put St. Louis ahead with his sixth-inning three-run homer, propelling his team to a 10-4 victory on the season's final day. The home run was his 21st of the season, and although Carpenter slumped after returning from an oblique injury in early August, he retained his pop with 19 extra-base hits over the season's final two months. Carpenter's overall numbers were excellent, as he finished at .271/.380/.505 -- nearly identical to his 2015 line of .272/.365/.505. When healthy, Carpenter is one of the better hitters in baseball with his combination of on-base skills and power.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 months ago

Carpenter (finger) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter sat out of Monday's contest because of pain in his right ring finger, but it seems that the infielder can swing a bat pain-free once again and can get back into action. Carpenter will slot back in at first base and leadoff against Cincinnati starter Robert Stephenson.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 months ago

Carpenter is dealing with pain in his right ring finger, Mark Saxon of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The knob of the bat apparently bothers Carpenter's finger when he swings, so the Cardinals will give him some time to rest and heal his finger as they jockey for a Wild Card spot. Consider the 30-year-old day-to-day for the time being.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 months ago

Carpenter is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter started the past four games, but after going 2-for-17 with six strikeouts in that span, manager Mike Matheny decided to give him the night off. Matt Adams will take over at first base for the evening.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter has only sat out of one game this month, so he'll get the night off with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa taking the mound for Colorado. Matt Adams will fill in at first base in his stead.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter was a late addition to Tuesday's lineup.

EDGE Analysis

There were reports that Carpenter was doing much better and could even come off the bench later in the game, but it seems as if manager Mike Matheny felt so confident in his health that he slotted the infielder back into the starting lineup. He'll take over for Greg Garcia as the leadoff hitter and second baseman.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter (back) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Although Carpenter will be forced to sit after leaving Monday's game with back tightness, he told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he's feeling "good" and will be available off the bench Tuesday. The Cardinals are facing a lefty on Wednesday (Jon Lester) and manager Mike Matheny could always opt to play it safe and hold Carpenter out once again, but it doesn't sound like Carpenter is in danger of missing extended time.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter exited Monday's game against the Cubs in the seventh inning with tightness in his back, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter ultimately had three unsuccessful at-bats Monday, with two strikeouts, before Matt Adams came in as a replacement at first base. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but Adams and Brandon Moss seem to be the top candidates to fill in if Carpenter requires added time off the diamond.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter will hit third in the Cardinals' batting order Monday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Mike Matheny used Carpenter in the three hole for a week in mid-October only to move him back into the leadoff spot, but the Cardinals will give the experiment another shot. Kolten Wong will replace Carpenter atop the order Monday night.