- An Ode to Former Third Baseman Matt Carpenter
to say goodbye to someone that I've really come to admire as a third baseman in Matt Carpenter.
Not that Carpenter is disappearing from the St. Louis Cardinals in the way that many of our American
- Corey Kluber and David Price: The Warmup Routines
Corey Kluber and David Price will on the mound later today when the Indians host the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. Before each faces his first batter, he will go through a warmup routine
- Players' View: Farewell David Ortiz
David Ortiz was feted at Fenway Park yesterday. The 40-year-old slugger will retire following the postseason, and he’s deserving of any and all accolades that come his way. “Big Papi” finished
- Matt Carpenter's Long Con, and the Big Reveal
Matt Carpenter did something special last night, on the final day of baseball's 2016 regular season. I'll get the anticlimactic part of this all out of the way right now: it didn't matter. Of course
- Matt Carpenter: Hard Contact Extraordinaire
That's because only two of them exist.
David Ortiz and Trevor Story are the only two hitters in baseball with a higher hard contact rate than Matt Carpenter. But since this is a third base
- Sunday Notes: Saber Seminar, Yelich, Shipley, Hooton, Aardsma, more
of injury. Something as simple as cutting 10 swings a day off your cage routine can help decrease those chances.
David Aardsma is attending this weekend’s SaberSeminar. The 34-year-old right-hander
- Broadcasters' View: Pitchers' Duels or Slugfests?
' duels, there are tough decisions for the manager. Those keep you hanging.
“Probably the favorite one I’ve called would be the 1-0 game in the playoffs between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay
- Matt Carpenter and the Greatest Leadoff Seasons of All Time
+ that leads the National League and is behind only David Ortiz in all of major-league baseball*. Over the last 365 days, Carpenter's 154 wRC+ mark sits behind only Ortiz, Trout, Josh Donaldson, Harper
- Matt Carpenter Is Going Full Jose Bautista
leaderboards. As I write this, David Ortiz owns the highest wRC+ among qualified hitters in the game. Carpenter, however, is right there in second, ahead of Jose Altuve and Mike Trout. And upon
- 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
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions for 2016
thanks to the David Freese signing. That he needs a mere 405 trips to the plate to set a career high speaks to the possibility of this prediction being right, and just how unhealthy Jaso has been over
- David Stearns on Offseason Preparation and Rebuilding the Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers had a good offseason. As Dave Cameron wrote earlier this week, “If you want to see a blueprint for how to rebuild, look at what the Brewers did this winter.”
- David Ross: Future Big-League Manager
David Ross would like to manage in the big leagues some day. According to several of his peers, he’ll be a worthy candidate. The 38-year-old Chicago Cubs catcher was by far the most popular choice
- David Stearns on His Vision for Building the Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers have had nine winning seasons during David Stearns' lifetime. Over that span, they've won 90 or more games just four times. Their last World Series appearance was in 1982, three
- Matt Carpenter Builds Power
Matt Carpenter has always been a strange roto player. Historically, he's one of those guys who is better in real life than fantasy. He often contributed over 700 plate appearances with a chance
- It Finally Happened! Reviewing David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions for 2015
- JABO: The Transformation of Matt Carpenter
Over the last few years, Matt Carpenter developed into one of the game's most underrated stars by exceeding at the skill set embodied by the likes of Mark Grace and Joe Mauer over the last few
- Scooter Gennett: A Brewer's Quest for Discipline
Carpenter sees a lot of pitches. The better hitters won't necessarily swing and miss more, but they will foul off tough pitches until they get something they can capitalize on.
“The adjustment I'm trying
- Matt Carpenter Has 19 Home Runs
spending the last 20 minutes trying to figure out what to write about, I noticed that Matt Carpenter had just hit his 19th homer of the season. Bingo! Something to write about.
But seriously. W. T
- David Cone on Pitching
David Cone was a thinking-man's pitcher before he became a thinking-man's analyst. The New York Yankees' television color man took the mound for five teams in 17 major league seasons, and he logged
- David Murphy on Four At-Bats vs Seattle
On June 10, David Murphy went 2 for 4 in a 9-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field. The Indians outfielder faced right-hander Taijuan Walker in his first three plate appearances. His
- Matt Carpenter's Passive-Aggressive Approach Paying Off
Two weeks into the season, a narrative developed around Matt Carpenter and his aggressive behavior at the plate. In 2013, Carpenter had a breakout season, hitting 55 doubles on his way to a seven-win
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predicitions For 2015
- The Atlanta Braves Bullpen: Kimbrel and Company
limited with the departures of David Carpenter, Jordan Walden and Anthony Varvaro, last year's top three holds leaders in Atlanta. After Kimbrel the value drops off considerably, but there are other
- Matt Carpenter, Even Selective When He Chases
Matt Carpenter never swings. People with dictionaries might take objection to the use of the word "never" in that context, but relative to his peers, Carpenter essentially doesn’t remove the bat from
- One Mock Draft Down, Ten To Go, Probably
a relatively poor pick. This was probably my biggest stretch of a pick, and I wish I didn't grab him so early.
Corner infield — Matt Carpenter, 109th
Yep, in back-to-back picks I grabbed two third base
- David Brown FanGraphs Chat - 1/9/15
: He's become a better hitter against lefties almost!12:03Comment From Rickey Henderson (Hall of Fame)David Brown you are great, but Rickey say that James is the greatest Brown of all-time 12:03Dave
- Sunday Notes: Brewers, Raines, Carpenter, Castro, Cuba, Reds, much more
According to PITCHf/x, Gray threw 8.3% sliders and 6.9% changeups this year.
Chris Carpenter was a good pitcher for many years. The tall righthander won 144 games from 1997-2012
- How Matt Carpenter Destroyed the Dodgers
MVP and Cy Young winner. But if you’re looking for the true catalyst of the Dodgers’ demise and the author of a short series win, look no further than Matt Carpenter.
The Cardinals’ third baseman
- I'm Awful at These: David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions Revisited
- Video: Larry David on the Role of Religion in Sports
episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Roll those eyes all you want, this is a perfectly good use of my time. The star of the show, Larry David -- or at least the character version of himself that he plays
- David Price, Future Cardinal?
Last week, I wrote that the best suitors for David Price were primarily lower revenue clubs who might not be able to afford his 2015 arbitration raise, leading to the possibility that Price could
- Where is Matt Carpenter and What Have You Done With Him?
of that unfortunate group to be none other than St. Louis Cardinals' 2B/3B Matt Carpenter. After a sizable amount of interest in that tweet, I decided to look into Carpenter's numbers a bit further
- No Longer in Love With Matt Carpenter
It is hard not to at least like a player with a 112 wRC+ and that is dual eligible at second and third base, but I am starting to fall less in love with Matt Carpenter as a fantasy player.
- Jason Kipnis or Matt Carpenter: A Preference Test
A few weeks ago, the Cardinals signed Matt Carpenter to a six year, $52 million contract. Today, the Indians have signed Jason Kipnis to a six year, $52.5 million contract. Both players were four
- Scheming For Relief: Harris, Ottavino and Carpenter
-inning gig and earn a bulk of holds in the desert this season.
David Carpenter | Braves | 4%
Carpenter is coming off of a stellar 2013 campaign thanks in part to an increase in strikeout rate
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions For the 2014 Season
- David Wallace, Future Big League Manager
Young, first-year managers are a growing trend in Major League Baseball. That’s good news for David Wallace. The 34-year-old wasn’t a candidate for any of this off-season’s openings, but he almost
- Can David Freese Be A Fantasy Darling Once More?
Alvarez, Manny Machado and Matt Carpenter.
Value is paramount in fantasy baseball, and while David Freese wasn't the worst value of the season -- hello, Starlin Castro, Matt Kemp and B.J. Upton
- Matt Carpenter and a Most Amazing Strike
in the count or get Carpenter jammed. David Ross set up inside, but he had to receive the ball a little more inside, and Miller identified it correctly. Here, Miller called the inside cutter a ball
- Lester Bests the Cardinals, and the Twitterverse, in Game Five
. The game was tied, runners were on first and second, and there was one out. David Ross was at the plate. Lester was on deck.
A number of people -- some within the media -- began Tweeting
- Is Matt Carpenter Still Building Towards Something?
Ignore one category, and you might wonder why Matt Carpenter was ranked second among all second basemen in fantasy value in 2013. He hit 11 homers, stole three bases, and drove in 78 runs. Even
- Game Four and the Randomness of Replacement Gomes
would reach second base when he slapped around a ball in the gap. Robinson then scored on a Matt Carpenter single, off Craig Breslow, to draw the Cardinals within two runs.
In hindsight, John Farrell
- Overlooked Moments in Game Three and Not Shaking Molina
in potentially game-changing innings.
In the sixth inning, St. Louis third baseman David Freese snared a Dustin Pedroia line drive targeted for the left field corner. Instead of runners on second and third
- Wacha and Charity: The Cardinals Steal Game Two
by Matt Carpenter, Breslow airmailed an ill-advised throw into left field. Jay came in to make it 3-2 Cardinals.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia shared the blame for both plays. On the double-steal, he may
- Matt Carpenter, Surprise Fantasy MVP
Raise your hand if you expected Matt Carpenter to lead all of baseball with 126 runs scored (and not just lead, but trounce the next highest total by 17!) and tie for the lead in total hits recorded
- Broadcaster's View: Dan Dickerson and Dave O'Brien
be [notable]. Yadier Molina has become such a better hitter. We saw the number recently when we had the Cardinals for the ESPN game. At least in terms of Wins Above Replacement, Matt Carpenter was perceived
- Matt Carpenter, Steady Lightning Rod
Coming into the season, I thought Matt Carpenter was a decent sleeper in deep leagues. In the Skip Schumaker mold, he might play a decent enough second base to make an empty batting average work. I
- Roto Riteup: July 21, 2013
On today's agenda:
1. Matt Holliday to the disabled list
2. A rough rehab performance for Chris Carpenter
3. Possible set back for Alex Rodriguez
Matt Holliday to the disabled list
In a move
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- Matt Carpenter, Developing Star
round pick? Matt Carpenter. He was a senior sign out of Texas Christian University, a budget pick who only cost them a $1,000 signing bonus. After signing, the Cardinals had him split time between
- NotGraphantasy Draft Domination, per David G Temple
- Q&A: Joey Terdoslavich, Future Braves Basher
David Laurila: Do you look at hitting as more of an art or more of a science?
Joey Terdoslavich: A little of both. There’s obviously a science to it -- you have the speed of the pitch
- Paying Attention To Matt Carpenter
, especially given the three currently lead qualified second basemen across the league in wOBA. They're three ducks in a row atop the stat sheets.
And fourth in wOBA is ... Matt Carpenter?
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions For The 2013 Fantasy Season
- Slideshow: David Temple's Ten Bold Depictions
- That Time Kirby Puckett Was on David Letterman
of Fame legitimacy. Other -- more rightly so -- scowl at the off-the-field acts for which he was accused.
Nevertheless, this clip involves David Letterman, and a player that still carries a lot of clout
- Chris Carpenter Hurt and Probably Finished
that the news conference would have to do with Chris Carpenter's future, and many began to expect a retirement announcement. Carpenter has not retired, but retirement doesn't appear to be far off
- Q&A: David Cone, Stat-head All-Star
As many FanGraphs readers know, David Cone is more than a former All-Star pitcher and current color commentator for the New York Yankees. He is also a stat-head. The borderline Hall of Famer -- he
- Beltran versus Carpenter versus Pitchers
of a difference, it does make a difference. Given the stakes, teams obviously need to have all hands on deck. Matt Carpenter has done a nice job filling in for Carlos Beltran since the latter tweaked his
- Chris Carpenter: Too Diminished to Start?
Chris Carpenter did not have a good game on Monday. He only struck out one batter in four innings, and though he only allowed two earned runs in his four innings, he did surrender eight baserunners
- Roto Riteup: September 25, 2012
to a low BABIP. I'm confident that both rates will normalize come next season.
• Although it probably won't happen, Matt Carpenter isn't terrible far from receiving second base eligibility. He has five
- Chris Carpenter: 2012 Debut
Chris Carpenter debuted on Friday night. He came away with decent results, 5 IP, 2 Runs allowed, 0 HR. Chris is usually a fantasy workhorse, but shoulder surgery has all but eliminated his 2012
- Roto Riteup: September 20, 2012
you may be able to exploit.
A Pitcher for Today: David Price vs BOS
Price is really good. The Boston lineup is really not.
A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Chris Carpenter at CHC
- Carpenter and Hammel: Pitchers on the Mend
Chris Carpenter – Carpenter has begun throwing a few pitches to see if he can possibly make a start before the end of the season. He has a small chance of returning after being out for the entire
- Q&A: David Murphy, Underrated Ranger
David Murphy isn’t a star. The former first-round draft pick -- 17th overall by the Red Sox in 2003 -- has never been able to establish himself as more than a solid player. Coming into the season
- Cutters [and Sliders] w/ Roger McDowell & Randy St. Claire
who has a lower arm slot, but a [Chris] Carpenter or [Adam] Wainwright has a higher arm slot. They both throw cutters, they just have different action on them. Over the years, with their experience
- Q&A: David Ortiz and Justin Verlander
It goes without saying that David Ortiz and Justin Verlander are among the most dominant players of their era. The Red Sox slugger has a career .284/.379/.545 slash line and 391 home runs; the Tigers
- Roto Riteup: May 24th, 2012
are another injury ridden team and Matt Carpenter is the latest name to add to their disabled list. Yesterday Carpenter was placed on the 15-day DL with a back strain. A bit of a surprise this year, Carpenter
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Carpenter, Pollock, and Nieuwenhuis
on our fantasy baseball squad. Enter Matt Carpenter, A.J. Pollock, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
All three are either short-term or speculative grabs at the moment, but it wouldn't take a whole lot
- Carpenter Hooked by Bulging Disc
Chris Carpenter has been shut down with a bulging disc in his neck. He's likely to open up the season on the disabled list, and the Cardinals may have to turn to Lance Lynn for help in the starting
- Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, and B.J. Ryan Go To The Amazon...
... for a fishing trip.
Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter help a local fisherman who was bitten on the ass by an anaconda. They are celebrated as heroes. (In case you were wondering: anacondas
- Carpenter's Pitch Selection
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci chronicled Chris Carpenter’s transformation this season in an article published during St. Louis' World Series run. In it, the Cardinals’ ace credited pitching coach
- Game 7 Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. Matt Harrison
Chris Carpenter is starting tonight on only three days rest, while Matt Harrison hopes to do better than the shellacking he took in Game Four. Both pitchers will need to change up how they're
- Gammons and Carpenter Share a Moment
- Mr. Carpenter's Potty Mouth: A Vocal Interpretation
Chris Carpenter, who cusses at everyone all the time more than you've cussed at anyone anytime, was at it again last night. His most recent victim? Besides pearl-clutching lip readers everywhere
- Game Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson
Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson face off tonight in Game 5 of the World Series, in a rematch of Game 1. How did each pitcher attack the other during their first start? Should they try anything
- NLCS Scouting: Gallardo vs. Carpenter
Just look at that lovely mug.
Tonight's NCLS matchup, pending the game isn't rained out: Yovani Gallardo vs. Chris Carpenter.
I've already previewed Gallardo once
- States of Undress: Reyes and Carpenter
a nude Jose Reyes and a Chris Carpenter freshly pruned of his base-and-ball chemise!
Know that these espousals were as hollow and empty as hollow and empty things:
That, of course, is Jose
- How Much Did Carpenter Leave on the Table?
Chris Carpenter signed a two-year $21-million extension with the Cardinals this week. That sounds better until you realize that the team already had an option on Carpenter worth $15 million. Somehow
- Did The Cardinals Overwork Chris Carpenter?
keep coming for the St. Louis Cardinals, as Chris Carpenter left the mound with the team trainer after throwing 32 pitches today. Following the loss of Adam Wainwright and the devastating blow of Nick
- David Price Progressing
an, "is that it?" reaction from fans when they merely hold their own in the early stages of their respective big league careers.
Take Tampa's David Price. The 1st overall pick in the 2007 draft abused minor league
- David Wright's Wacky 2009
. They lost up-the-middle stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, 1B Carlos Delgado and ace Johan Santana, among others, for big chunks of the season.
Third baseman David Wright wasn't immune
- 2009 ERA-xFIP Splits
does not mean that a pitcher is going to spontaneously combust. You'll note the presence of Cain, Hanson, Carpenter, Kershaw, Santana, Greinke and King Felix, among other well-regarded starters
- Rasmus: Red Bird Building Block
Carpenter (5.6 WAR) form a one-two punch few can match.
Though he's still rough around the edges, CF Colby Rasmus has the talent to join that group. Playing most of the year as a 22 year-old, the rangy
- Missing: David Price's Slider
The talents of Tampa Bay Rays southpaw David Price are undeniable. The Vanderbilt product slings low-to-mid-90's gas with seeming ease, overwhelming hitters with a deadly combination of speed
- Stock Watch: 8/23
Mauer/Teixeira comparison, with their respective ranks in WAR among hitters:
Mauer: 6.6 WAR, 1st
Teixeira: 4.1 WAR, 24th
Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
Carp essentially didn't pitch the past
- Chris Carpenter is Back
be a good time to mention it.
Chris Carpenter effectively lost the last two years to injury, so coming into this year it was a question if he could stay healthy, and, if so, how effective he would
- The Maturation of David Price
David Price hatched onto the scene last October, laying claim to the trivia question which will inevitably ask which Rays pitcher recorded the final out in the 2008 ALCS. His transition
- Transaction Roundup: 4/13-4/15
-set at the plate wouldn't appear to make him any more qualified for the role.
St. Louis Cardinals
Placed RHP Chris Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list. Optioned RHP Brad Thompson to Triple
- Stock Watch: April 13th
power is downright Bloomquistian. However, he does make a ton of contact and could be worth a shot in deeper leagues. Think Mark Grudzielanek.
Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
Carpenter turned back
- Carp's Sharp Start
You'll have to forgive Cardinals fans who became nostalgic yesterday afternoon, watching former pitching messiah Chris Carpenter twirl a seven-inning masterpiece versus the hapless Pirates. For one
- Can Cards Build New Closer with Carpenter?
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is considering the option of using rehabbing starter Chris Carpenter as the club's closer for 2009. With former closer Jason
- N.L Cy Young: Who to Choose?
With the regular season finally over, it's time to start thinking about who should be the recipient of the National League Cy Young award. A month ago, I thought Chris Carpenter was a shoe in to win
- Daily Graphing - David Wells
Apparently the Padres are interested in re-acquiring David Wells from the Red Sox. Over the past four years David Wells is tied for the 8th most wins in baseball with a record of 61-29. Over
- Daily Graphing - Chris Carpenter
Today my faith in the Baseball Writers' Association of America was restored after they voted to give Chris Carpenter his first Cy Young award. Despite Dontrelle Willis' MLB high 22 wins