Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 16 Days

Carpenter is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

This looks like nothing more than a day off for Carpenter, his first since June 17. Daniel Descalso will assume duties at the hot corner as Jon Jay leads off against right-hander Gerrit Cole. Carpenter went just 3-for-24 in his last eight games of August to end the month with a .248/.369/.371 batting line.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 1 Month

Carpenter was 3-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle while scoring twice and driving in three in the win over San Diego Sunday.

Carpenter has done well to prove last year was no fluke, while his numbers are slightly down they're still some of the best at his position. He's hitting .284/.379/.400 with 79 runs scored and 29 doubles.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 1 Month

Carpenter went 3-for-5 while scoring twice Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

His .318/.392/.481 line from 2013 is unrepeatable, but Carpenter continues to get on base (.377 OBP) and score runs (76) among the best in the league.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 2 Months

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.

The three-hit afternoon was his second three-hit game in his last three starts, and Carpenter is 9-for-21 with five runs scored in his last five games. The good stretch has run his line to .284/.377/.392. The leadoff hitter is a strong bet to finish among the NL leaders in runs scored for a second straight year.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 2 Months

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 and belted a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Carpenter's solo shot off Travis Wood in the fifth inning was his sixth homer of the season. He's enjoying another very solid season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .282/.375/.393 with 65 runs scored and 36 RBI.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over Giants.

Carpenter is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has collected three hits in two of his last three. The veteran third sacker is getting on base as he usually does -- a .378 clip -- but isn't squeezing enough juice out of his swings, with a drop in gap power this year. His slugging percentage is .389, down from a career .448 mark, and Carpenter is on pace for 36 doubles and eight homers, down from 55 doubles and 11 long flies last season.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter had a nice day at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with a double.

Carpenter tallied half of the team's six total hits as they were blanked by Clayton Kershaw and company. He also swiped his third base of the season, while raising his season slash to .281/.373/.385.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run in the Cardinals' loss to the Mets on Wednesday afternoon.

Carpenter's leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning was the only run the Cardinals scored until a failed rally in the bottom of the ninth. Carpenter finished the day 2-for-4, breaking out of a minor slump.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mets.

Carpenter is stuck in a 4-for-34 (.118) offensive rut, so he's getting a mental break. Daniel Descalso will start at third base versus Mets left-hander Jon Niese.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter reached base in all six of his trips to the plate as the Cardinals downed the Royals 5-2 in 11 innings Wednesday night in Kansas City.

Carpenter's biggest hit was a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 11th inning that gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. Carpenter also had another double earlier in the game and tallied three singles while walking once. The second baseman now boasts a .395 on-base percentage, which is higher than his .392 mark from 2013, when he finished fourth in the National League MVP balloting.