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Matt Carpenter is one of the best players in baseball

Important people in MLB voting circles should love Matt Carpenter more.  Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals’ bearded warrior, is severely underrated in the game of baseball. This is a nasty trend that was enlarged this week when he was left off the Top 50 players list in the Major Leagues put together by The Sporting News, which serves as the latest reason to completely disregard...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago

Matt Carpenter Has Taken the First Pitch of Every Game

Something interesting caught my eye this morning while doing the research for my post on Alcides Escobar‘s first-pitch swing tendencies: Matt Carpenter has led off 42 times for the Cardinals this year, and in those 42 leadoff starts, he has not yet swung at a single first pitch to begin the game. Forty-two first pitches, forty-two takes. In the interest of full disclosure, Matt...
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Curtis: How to look at the downswing of Matt Carpenter

Over the opening month of the 2015 season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman was making an early case for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Matt Carpenter hit thirteen “two-baggers” in the month of April out of his familiar leadoff spot. An exceptional start to the season led us to believing that this season would slap his very good 2013 in the face. Well...
Via STLSportsMinute
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: trip to LA a success

Despite being shut down by Zack Greinke and losing Saturday night to a late Matt Kemp home run, the Cardinals left Los Angeles with the NLDS tied, having beat the best pitcher on the planet. There are plenty of positives and negatives to be taken from the first 2 games of the NLDS, but with the series the only one to tie at 1-1, the 2 most evenly matched teams of the postseason may...
Via isportsweb.com
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals value Carpenter's plate discipline more than his TCU coach did

ST. LOUIS -- When Matt Carpenter played at TCU, he showed the same dogged discipline at the plate that he does for the Cardinals. But in college, his excellent eye wasn't always so appreciated. "I didn't need him to lead off. I needed him to hit," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Wednesday. "He would get in 3-1 counts with a runner on first and second and that pitch would be right...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Carpenter, a two-time All-Star, has become even better leadoff man

ST. LOUIS -- Ask Matt Carpenter to learn second base and, practically overnight, he becomes an All-Star second baseman. Put him at the top of the batting order and, by the end of the season, he's become as productive as any leadoff hitter in the game. Move him back to third base and, like he never left, he makes another All-Star team. "I like being known as just a baseball player...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Why Matt Carpenter has been the biggest surprise

Matt Carpenter, the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting third baseman has been coming through for the ball club at a very consistent rate in 2014. Carpenter currently leads the starting players with an impressive .378 on base percentage, racking up 78 hits on the season so far. The utility player holds a .287 batting average with 272 trips to the plate. The 28-year-old lefty also poses...
Via isportsweb.com
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Carpenter grinds away patiently waiting to find 'groove' at the plate

ST. LOUIS -- Most of his teammates already had headed into their Sunday night when Matt Carpenter, still in uniform, entered the Cardinals' clubhouse. He quickly changed into his workout shorts and hustled out the other door. Wow, you think, this guy really does work hard. The Cardinals had just finished a stretch of nine games in 10 days with a day off coming on Monday and he's...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What Is The Matt-er with St. Louis Cardinals Offense?

Losses in the first two games of their three-game set with the National League Central division leading Milwaukee Brewers has many St. Louis Cardinals fans wondering if the 2014 Cardinals are ever going to snap out of the collective offensive funk they have been in for the entire month of April. With these two losses to the Brewers the Redbirds now trail the Brew Crew by 6.5 games...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Here's why Matt Carpenter's at-bats have been going much better than you think

At first glance, Matt Carpenter's quest to build on his breakout 2013 season doesn't appear to be off to a rousing start. He is hitting a so-so .275 with a less-than-robust .327 slugging percentage and, after setting all kinds of doubles records a year ago, hasn't had a single two-base hit in the Cardinals' first 15 games. His swing-and-miss rate is up, and his 13 strikeouts are...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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