Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter

38-Year-Old DHDH
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Carpenter had a resurgence in the Bronx in 2022 with 15 homers in 47 games, but he was unable to replicate those numbers in San Diego last year. The veteran slugger played in 76 contests for the Friars and had a .176/.322/.319 slash line and just five home runs, with a 17.9 percent walk rate being the only real positive. Carpenter was then traded to Atlanta in November and subsequently released. The 38-year-old has a sub-.650 OPS in three of the past four seasons and seems unlikely to have another resurgence in him. Read Past Outlooks
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#362
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$Signed a one-year, $740,000 contract with the Cardinals in January of 2024.
Clubs homer in loss
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
June 8, 2024
Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two total runs scored in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Carpenter got the Cardinals back within a run with his seventh-inning blast, but they couldn't build on it. Both of his homers this season have come over his last nine games. The designated hitter is at a .200/.294/.317 slash line with five RBI, six runs scored, one double and no stolen bases through 68 plate appearances. Carpenter has seen steadier playing time at designated hitter with Alec Burleson filling in as an outfielder due to the absence of Lars Nootbaar (oblique).
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+56%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left 1.082 67 14 6 22 0 .304 .403 .679
Since 2022vs Right .753 393 38 16 51 1 .208 .337 .416
2024vs Left .586 11 0 0 2 0 .222 .364 .222
2024vs Right .592 59 6 2 3 0 .189 .271 .321
2023vs Left .960 18 4 1 4 0 .286 .389 .571
2023vs Right .615 218 14 4 27 1 .167 .317 .299
2022vs Left 1.270 38 10 5 16 0 .333 .421 .848
2022vs Right 1.093 116 18 10 21 0 .295 .409 .684
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .899 200 28 11 40 1 .238 .380 .519
Since 2022Away .729 260 24 11 33 0 .211 .320 .408
2024Home .768 19 2 1 2 0 .200 .368 .400
2024Away .531 51 4 1 3 0 .191 .255 .277
2023Home .555 118 9 1 13 1 .167 .305 .250
2023Away .730 118 9 4 18 0 .185 .339 .391
2022Home 1.605 63 17 9 25 0 .388 .524 1.082
2022Away .840 91 11 6 12 0 .253 .333 .506
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How does Matt Carpenter compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
30.0%
 
BABIP
.256
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.194
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.306
 
OPS
.592
 
wOBA
.272
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
Expected BA
.220
 
Expected SLG
.383
 
Sprint Speed
20.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
30.0%
 
Line Drive %
25.0%
 
Fly Ball %
45.0%
 
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Likely to be dealt again
DHAtlanta Braves
December 15, 2023
Atlanta plans to trade Carpenter after acquiring him Friday from the Padres, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Carpenter was sent to Atlanta along with Ray Kerr in exchange for Drew Campbell, but the reigning NL East champions don't really have a spot for the 38-year-old first baseman and designated hitter. He slashed just .176/.322/.319 over 237 plate appearances for San Diego in 2023 and is owed $5.5 million in 2024, though the Padres are covering $1.5 million of that sum and Atlanta would likely eat another chunk.
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We laughed when the Rangers signed Carpenter to a minor league deal when he looked all but done after a three-year tumpe from 2018. We laughed at his Top Gun tribute of a mustache and laughed when the Yankees traded for him to cover for injuries, but it was Carpenter who had the last laugh as he absolutely mashed in part time duty with the Yankees hitting 15 homers and driving in 37 runners in just 47 games of play with a gaudy .305/.412/.727 triple-slash line. He particularly enjoyed the situation at Yankee Stadium where he hit and absurd .388/.524/1.082 with 9 homers compared to .253/.333/.506 on the road. If we his agent, we would tell him to play for the league minimum and stay in Yankee Stadium but the Yankees may not agree. Carpenter showed enough last year to earn a one-year, $12 million contract with the Padres, but the massive home/road splits are a concern given his success was very much driven by an extremely heavy pull approach and a 31% HR/FB rate which is nearly triple his career rate. Do not make the mistake of wishcasting his 2022 numbers into 500 plate appearances as too many things would have to go right for that to happen and Carpenter may have used up all his wishes last season.
The 2020 season was another step in what has been a gradual but steady decline for Carpenter. The main source of his struggles has been his inability to make contact with pitches inside the zone, as his Z-contact% has fallen each of the past five seasons from 92% in 2016 to 79.8% in 2020. His strikeout rate has followed suit, rising in five consecutive seasons and topping out at 28.4% in 2020. Further evidence of Carpenter's declining bat speed is his recent failure against fastballs. Once the strength of his profile -- in his prime, he regularly slugged .550 and above against the pitch -- he managed just a .408 slugging percentage against heat in 2020. Unthinkable two seasons ago, Carpenter could lose playing time to younger players such as Edmundo Sosa or Elehirus Montero without a drastic turnaround, and he may not get enough playing time to lock in the vesting option on his contract for 2022.
Raise your hand if waited for Carpenter to flip the script like in 2018. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as he posted a career low average and OPS. Carpenter also amassed his second fewest plate appearances, the lowest since his first full season. Carpenter's contact rate dropped for the third straight year while his walk rate dipped for the second consecutive campaign. His average exit velocity was its lowest since Statcast began tracking in 2015. Carpenter had a couple of IL stints in July, but he was slashing just .216/.327/.384 prior to the first visit, so his slow start was more than health. Carpenter is an extreme flyball hitter, so if he fails to drive the ball with authority, the pop outs will pile up, especially at home in spacious Busch Stadium. Carpenter will be 34, a little young for such a marked collapse. The cost to speculate on a rebound is minimal; just have an exit plan.
On May 15, Carpenter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and his slash line sat at .140/.286/.272. Many wondered if Carpenter's shoulder, the one he declined surgery on in the offseason, was hurting too much for him to be productive. A look at the Statcast data told us that Carpenter was the victim of bad luck as his batted-ball data should have produced a .430 SLG. The next day, Carpenter had two doubles, and went on a tear that resulted in him hitting .287/.397/.587 the rest of the season. The craziest part about those numbers is that Carpenter only had five extra-base hits in the final month of the season. From May 15 through Aug. 31, he hit .317/.420/.677! He hits a plethora of flyballs, and is coming off a career-high hard-contact rate. We have a monster summer bookended by a miserable April and September. The multi-positional eligibility (1B and 3B, and 2B in leagues with a 10-game minimum) is a bonus.
Carpenter was a top-45 real-life hitter last season as measured by wRC+ (123), but his .241 average kept him outside the top 100 among hitters in terms of earned value in traditional fantasy formats. He maintained a strikeout rate right around 20 percent while upping his walk rate to 17.5 percent, which was the fifth-best mark among qualified hitters. Opposing pitchers rarely fooled Carpenter -- his 16.6 O-Swing percentage was the second-lowest in baseball, trailing only Joey Votto -- and Carpenter routinely squared the ball up, posting the eighth-best hard-hit rate. However, he may have gotten a little too flyball happy (50.8 percent), and that combined with some tough luck on balls in play (.274 BABIP) hurt his overall numbers. Carpenter's performance against lefties did decline (.202/.343/.321), but it was a relatively small sample (109 at-bats). Expect a rebound, and it's possible Carpenter will regain eligibility at second base at some point.
Consistency has been the name of the game for Carpenter, who recorded a batting average above the .270 mark for the third consecutive season. While this has become expected from the 30-year-old, he drastically improved his patience at the plate. As a result, he finished the season with a .380 on-base percentage and was regularly the club's leadoff hitter. Naturally, the switch to hitting first came with a drop in RBI as he knocked in just 68 runs, nearly 20 fewer than he did in 2015, but he could move back down in the order following the addition of Dexter Fowler. He'll be highly valuable no matter where he hits in the order. It's worth noting that Carpenter dealt with an oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list for nearly a month in the second half of the season, but if he can stay healthy, Carpenter should have no problem reaching 20 home runs for the third straight year.
Carpenter hit like a third baseman upon moving to the position in 2015, and he swatted a career-best 28 home runs and delivered a league-leading 44 doubles. His .505 slugging percentage was a career high but he also struck out a whopping 151 times on his way to matching his .272 average from 2014. Carpenter almost certainly promises to provide value to his fantasy owners in 2016, but what kind of value isn't completely known given the recent change in approach, and the real question is whether owners can still profit at his increased cost. He's only two years removed from hitting .318 with a .392 OBP and just 98 strikeouts. Locked up through 2020, Carpenter at 29 figures to be the Cardinals' starting third baseman for the foreseeable future. He will likely hit near the top of the lineup again and is a near lock for 100 runs as he's averaged 109 a season over his last three years.
While Carpenter wasn't able to repeat his unlikely 2013 season when he posted a terrific 6.9 WAR and racked up a gaudy 126 runs he delivered another very good season, this time at third base for the Cardinals. Carpenter scored 99 runs while hitting .272/.375/.375 in 2014, but he lost his eligibility at second base with the permanent position switch. His BABIP fell from .359 to .318, explaining some of the decrease in his numbers, but he did see his walk rate tick up to 13.4%. Even though he doesn't provide much pop Carpenter, proved to be a solid third baseman in a year where there were few options at the position. It's possible the Cardinals could move him down into the second or third spot in the lineup, giving him a chance to drive in more runs. Regardless of where he lands in the order, Carpenter will look to deliver another top-10 season at the hot corner in 2015.
The Cardinals got a lot more than they were expecting from Carpenter when the 28-year-old utility man excelled in his first year at second base, hitting .318 in 717 plate appearances. He's not a prototypical leadoff hitter in that he does not offer great speed, but most of his advanced stats suggest that his 2013 season was not a fluke. As long as he's hitting near the top of the Cardinals' stacked lineup, he should be good for 100-plus runs again in 2014. Even with a move to third base following the trade of David Freese to Anaheim, Carpenter will offer fantasy owners flexibility by qualifying at second base as well this season.
It seems like Carpenter had a better year than his numbers showed. You may scoff at the 44 runs and 46 RBI from a corner infielder, but he did that in just 296 at-bats and qualifies at first, third and outfield (and possibly second base) in most leagues. Further, the 27-year-old has regularly posted an on-base percentage north of .400 in the minors. With Lance Berkman out of the picture, Carpenter could get the opportunity to win the everyday job at first base this season and post numbers reminiscent of Mark Grace.
Carpenter spent a couple of weeks with the Cardinals in June, but managed a single hit in 15 at-bats. That's the bad news. The good news is he had a 4:4 BB:K ratio in that stint, which perfectly illustrates his main strength as a hitter - his batting eye. With an 84:68 BB:K ratio with Triple-A Memphis leading to .419 OBP, Carpenter has the potential to be a good hitter at the major league level. His power isn't immense, especially for a corner infielder, and he's already 26, but if he can continue to get on base, he should be able to make a dent in the majors.
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Getting breather versus LHP
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
June 7, 2024
Carpenter isn't in the Cardinals' lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
June 5, 2024
Carpenter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's contest in Houston.
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Getting regular at-bats versus RHPs
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
June 3, 2024
Carpenter will serve as the Cardinals' designated hitter and No. 8 batter in Monday's game against the Astros.
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Hits first homer of season
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
May 29, 2024
Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Reds.
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Losing work to Burleson
DHSt. Louis Cardinals
May 22, 2024
Carpenter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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