Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Jun 24 '13

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 2B/3B STL Jun 13 '13

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 2B/3B STL Jun 05 '13

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 2B/3B STL May 28 '13

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 2B/3B STL May 19 '13

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 2B/3B STL May 01 '13

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 2B/3B STL Apr 28 '13

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 2B/3B STL Apr 10 '13

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 2B/3B STL Apr 07 '13

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.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Mar 22 '13

Matt Carpenter is batting leadoff for the Cardinals Friday, and manager Mike Matheny said he might hit Carpenter there some during the season.

Jon Jay, who will be the team's normal leadoff hitter, is batting second Friday. Carpenter doesn't have the speed normally associated with a leadoff man, but he has a great batting eye, having posted a .365 OBP his rookie year and a .408 mark during the minors. Slated to see most of the playing time at second base this season, Carpenter's fantasy appeal would move up a notch if he spends ample time hitting first or second.