Matt Carpenter 3B STL Apr 14 '79

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in the rout of the Angels on Wednesday.

If the season ended today, it's Yadier Molina who would get MVP consideration on the Cardinals. Carpenter, though, would also be worthy of a spot on ballots, what with his .324 average, .398 OBP and 63 runs scored. He and Shin-Soo Choo have been the game's best leadoff hitters.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Apr 04 '79

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

He's tallied mulit-hit games in four of St. Louis' last five. Carpenter is 30-for-86 (.349) in June with nine RBI and eight extra-base hits, including two homers. The young second baseman's monster first half includes a .322/.403/.472 slash line, though fantasy owner are probably a bit disappointed by his lack of power and speed. Carpenter has six homers and one steal in 286 at-bats.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Mar 24 '79

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in Thursday's win over the Mets.

While Carpenter's 18-game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday, he has now reached base in 22 straight games. His transition to second base has gone surprisingly well and he owns an impressive .327/.411/.478 batting line through 63 games. It would be a surprise if he didn't make the National League All-Star team next month.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Mar 16 '79

Matt Carpenter reached base five times in the Cardinals' loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Carpenter was hit by a pitch three times -- a franchise-first for the long-tenured Cardinals. He also had a triple to lead off the bottom of the opening frame and a single in the bottom of the 11th. The St. Louis second baseman is now batting .323/.407/.470 with 47 runs scored in 55 games played this season.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Mar 09 '79

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base as the Cardinals beat the Royals on Tuesday.

Carpenter also scored twice and worked a walk on the night. The second baseman is now hitting .309/.394/.455 through 49 games and has been one of the most pleasant surprises thus far in the fantasy season. He seems to be entrenched at the top of the Cardinals lineup, too, so he should continue his productive ways going forward.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Feb 27 '79

Matt Carpenter has hit safely in all but two May games.

The young infielder is third in the NL with 33 runs scored. Carpenter's slash line of .263/.333/.442 in April was solid, but he's really turned up the heat in May, batting .375/.470/.482. If Carpenter can convert some of his doubles (14) into home runs (three), he'll eradicate a fantasy weakness to this point. Despite his hot stick, Carpenter has driven in only 14 runs. He's not a threat to run, either.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Feb 09 '79

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI from the sixth spot in the order Wednesday against the Reds.

Carpenter has typically hit first or second for the Cards this year, which had allowed him to rack up 22 runs scored in 26 games. Today's RBI was just his ninth.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Feb 06 '79

Matt Carpenter is back in the lineup Sunday after being removed from Saturday's game due to tightness in his left side.

Carpenter spent time on the DL last season with an oblique strain, so the Cardinals wanted to play it safe. It sounds like he'll be fine, though. "It tightened up on me a little bit," Carpenter said. "There in the ninth inning it was more of a precautionary move to make sure, to get me out of there in case I took a swing and it got worse. That's basically it."

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Jan 19 '79

Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and two RBI against the Reds on Wednesday.

While the homer was Carpenter's first, he already has five doubles. That he won't contribute overly much in homers or steals will limit his fantasy upside, but he should be an effective regular for the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL Jan 16 '79

Matt Carpenter is getting his first career start at second base Sunday.

Carpenter played second base almost exclusively during spring training, but he moved to the hot corner following David Freese's injury. With Freese due back Monday, most of Carpenter's playing time going forward should come at second. Ty Wigginton is at third base Sunday in what will be his first start of the season.