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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
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Carpenter’s Hot Streak Silences Craig Comparisons

Because #stlcards is the standard Twitter hashtag for news about the St. Louis Cardinals, I follow it. However, I have a love-hate relationship with it, as any nuggets of wisdom seem to be fewer and farther between. Anyone and everyone who has something to say seems to use the hashtag with a lot of it reactionary to say the least. Most of them don’t seem to bother to read the others...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
August 09, 2015  |  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

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

Perhaps more so than any other St. Louis Cardinals player, Matt Carpenter personifies the self-made, tough, never-give-up image of one of baseball’s most successful franchises. The third baseman was born into a Texas baseball family headed by one of the nation’s most successful coaches and now wants to share his knowledge with the youths of the St. Louis area. Carpenter is hosting...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

How Underrated is Matt Carpenter?

It’s tougher garnering sympathy when you’re a part of the St. Louis Cardinals, a club that has reached the postseason seven times and secured two World Series over the past 10 years. With one of the best front offices in the game, the Cardinals rarely miss on a player—whether it be a draftee or free agent signing. Even when they do, their abundance of talent typically makes...
Via The Sports Post
April 28, 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

St. Louis Cardinals: Predicting the second half

The first half of Major League Baseball has come and gone and the St. Louis Cardinals are where I believed them to be.  Finishing second, one game back from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 52-44 record. As I predicted, the Cards finished the first half slightly above .500 while still in the hunt for a weakened National League Central Division. By far the Cardinals’ best player from...
Via isportsweb.com
July 25, 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
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