St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman, Matt Carpenter, continues to be a force when the Birds make their way out to Kauffman Stadium.
Apparently, Matt Carpenter really likes hitting at Kauffman Stadium. So much so, after Monday’s 11-3 rout over the Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman raised his career average at Kauffman to a modest .451. Last night, Carpenter went 2-4 with a double and a three-run home run.
In sixty plate appearances at Kauffman Stadium, Carpenter has twenty-three hits, including seven doubles, one triple, and four home runs. His career OBP, SLG, and OPS at Kauffman is .517, .863, and 1.379 respectively.
In the same thirteen games, Carpenter also has a BAbip of .432. While some of his hits may be luck, its clear by his BAbip average he is seeing and hitting the ball well at Kauffman. He has also been a huge run producer at Kauffman as well. Carpenter has thirteen runs scored and fourteen RBI.
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When asked about how well he hits at Kauffman, Carpenter said, “I’ve always thought it was a good place to hit. Certain place, your confidence is high. I guess that’s the case here.” Well if that is the case, don’t stop now.
Carpenter’s average at Kauffman Stadium is the highest average out of any ballpark he’s played in. The next closest is his average at AT&T Park, at a modest .434 in fourteen games.
Even if he isn’t playing in Kansas City, Carpenter has a career .356 BA against the Royals in all games.
While it’s great to see Carpenter to have success against the Royals, I’m sure a lot of us are wondering where has THIS Matt Carpenter been the last couple of weeks. before last night’s performance, Carpenter hit .235 over his last ten games. On top of that, his last home run was on June 24th against the Pirates.
While he hasn’t been the hitter we expected him to be this year, Carpenter is still have a good year for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has hit into some bad luck and struggled at various times in the season. However, there is no one else on this team I’d rather hit lead off than Matt Carpenter. Now that the Cardinals finally reached the .500 mark in the seventh straight try, Carpenter’s bat will stay hot through the rest of the playoff push.
Matt Carpenter will be back at it tonight, facing Jason Vargas and the Kansas City Royals. The Cards and Royals will play one more in Kauffman before heading back down I-70 for last two games of the four-game series.