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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter on the bench

Wed, 04 May 2016 14:58:36 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter is not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Adam Morgan Wednesday, May 4. SS Ruben Tejada will start at third base and is batting seventh in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Tejada has gone 2-for-9 over the last seven days and hitting only .188 this season. He posted decent numbers against left-handed pitchers last season but is not a strong option for most owners.

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Cardinals | Brandon Moss out of the lineup

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:57:08 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Brandon Moss is not in the starting lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin Wednesday, April 27. 3B Matt Carpenter will start in first base, while SS Ruben Tejada will start at third base and is batting seventh in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Tejada is hitting only .143 in his limited playing time this season and should be avoided in all leagues.

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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter with day off

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:10:40 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup Saturday, April 23, with 2B Kolten Wong sliding up into the leadoff spot. 1B Brandon Moss is also in there hitting cleanup.

Fantasy Tip: Wong is hitting just .222 but faces a relative unknown in Cesar Vargas. In the leadoff spot, he has some upside. Moss has been all or nothing with a .189-4-10 line. He's worth a midrange flyer.

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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter likely to lead off

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:21:00 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter is likely to remain the team's leadoff hitter this year. St. Louis had considered moving Carpenter to the middle of the order after he led the team with 28 home runs and 84 RBI in 2015. His on-base percentage in the leadoff spot since 2013 is .386, which is second highest among all leadoff hitters in that span. 2B Kolten Wong isn't ruled out for the leadoff spot in the future, though.

Fantasy Tip: Don't expect Carp to match or improve upon his career-high 28 dingers. His altered offensive approach led to much less contact, but he's still hitting the ball hard often. Expect some regression, but Carpenter remains a fine third base option once the top tier of third baseman are gone.

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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter prefers leadoff spot

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:27:10 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter prefers to stay in the leadoff spot. "I take a lot of pride in setting the tone for, OK, you're getting the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup today and here goes, right now," Carpenter said. The Cardinals struggled to score runs last year, so moving Carpenter down in the order a bit in 2016 has been discussed.

Carpenter's .378 on-base percentage since 2013 in the leadoff spot is the 12th-best in baseball and highest of any leadoff hitter. His .453 slugging percentage is the highest of any full-time leadoff hitter over that span, and his 132 doubles leads the majors since 2013. 2B Kolten Wong and OF Stephen Piscotty are other leadoff options this year.

Fantasy Tip: The Cards are likely to boot Carpenter from the leadoff spot this year. In a better run-producing spot, don't expect another season of close to 30 home runs from the sudden free hacker. He's also making less contact with his altered approach, so some regression is expected. Keep that in mind when drafting him in the early rounds.

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Cardinals | Kolten Wong could lead off

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:28:41 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong will be given a chance this spring to win the leadoff spot in the lineup so they can move 3B Matt Carpenter into a run-producing spot. Wong saw an average of 3.72 pitches per plate appearance last year, which was 95th of 141 qualified hitters. His on-base percentage was .321 last season, and Wong said his goal this spring is to be more selective.

"I'm definitely going to try to see more pitches and become a different hitter, still understanding that I can be aggressive in certain situations," Wong said. "For the most part, I need to understand that being a leadoff hitter, you're setting the table and seeing as many pitches as you can to get your team ready for that pitcher."

Fantasy Tip: The third year could be a big step forward for Wong. He's a midrange second baseman and a good MI in the middle of drafts.

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Cardinals | Two players hot against Kyle Hendricks

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:59:12 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter and OF Matt Holliday have solid records against Chicago Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks. Carpenter is 6-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs and Holliday is 6 for 12 with two homers and four RBIs.

Fantasy Tip: Carpenter ($5,900, 11.8% of cap) and Holliday ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) are sweet targets for your FantasyScore lineup under these circumstances. Past history suggests one or both players could sizzle in Game 2 of the NLDS.

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Cardinals | Several STL starters resting in Game 2

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:13:12 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday, OF Jason Heyward, 3B Matt Carpenter, OF Stephen Piscotty, SS Jhonny Peralta and 2B Kolten Wong are all not starting in Game 2 of the doubleheader Sunday, Oct. 4, against the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Tip: Seeing this is the final game of the regular season, this is to be expected. Manager Mike Matheny is simply resting his starters. Of the reserves, OF Tommy Pham ($4,900, 9.8% of cap) might be worth a flier on FantasyScore.

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Cardinals | St. Louis resting regulars

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:29:03 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OFs Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday and Stephen Piscotty (head), 3B Matt Carpenter, 2B Kolten Wong and SS Jhonny Peralta are not in the starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves Friday, Oct. 2.

Fantasy Tip: The Cardinals boast strong depth, so their lineup isn't exactly a cast of Class AAA players. However, Braves SP Julio Teheran ($6,600, 13.2% of cap) owns a 3.06 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .596 OPS through his 16 starts at Turner Field this season. There are enough cushier matchups to target for FantasyScore players Friday.

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Cardinals | Matt Carpenter removed from game

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:25:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (hip) was removed from the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, Sept. 26, after five innings due to left hip tightness. After the game Carpenter said the move was a precaution and he will play Sunday, Sept. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Carpenter ($5,600, 11.2% of cap) will likely make the call on his own, but check the lineup before you do anything else.

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