Latest Update Cardinals could move Matt Carpenter from leadoff spot Fri Nov, 14, 04:56 PM
A very good hitter with patience and the ability to get on base consistently with either walks or base hits. A doubles machine, he is versatile enough to play several different positions.
Flaws: : Took some time finding his everyday position at the major league level. Also, his power doesn't really stand out, especially at third base, nor does his base-stealing ability.
Carpenter is a great OBP option at the top of the order, but the Cardinals would also be wise to take advantage of his extra base power potential in the second or third spot in the lineup. If Carpenter does move out of the leadoff position, John Jay and his career .359 OBP would be a good option at the top of the order. For those hankering to see Kolton Wong there, look to his .292 OBP from 2014 for the reason why he needs to work on his ability to reach first base before he becomes a legitimate leadoff option.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson
Carpenter's incredible post-season continues. He's batting .333 through six games and is sitting on four home runs, eight RBI and a .360 on-base percentage. He was a huge part of beating the Dodgers in the NLDS and he is now continuing the trend here against the Giants.Analyst: Howard Bender
The home run was Carpenter's third in three days. He's now 6-for-12 with a whopping seven RBI and four runs scored in the NLDS. He's likely to get postseason helium that will carry over into next Spring. Just remember on draft day that this guy slashed .272/.375/.375 with just eight home runs and five steals after being universally drafted as a top-5 option at second base. Don't buy into the hype. Analyst: Spencer Silva
While the broadcasters for the NLDS were going on and on about how Carpenter destroys the Dodgers, none of them had the good sense to check his .231/.286/.385 slash line with one home run and one RBI and 10 strikeouts over 26 at-bats against them this season. Perhaps they were just caught up in the excitement as he is having a phenomenal series through the first two games. He is currently 4-for-8 with a double, two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored. Not too shabby, eh? The rest of the Cards are going to have to follow suit as he is not going to be able to do it all on his own.Analyst: Howard Bender