|Apr. 21 10:36 AM PT11:36 AM MT12:36 PM CT1:36 PM ET13:36 ET17:36 GMT1:36 10:36 AM MST12:36 PM EST1:06 PM VEN21:36 UAE12:36 PM CT-Carpenter hit his second home run of the season and ended 2 for 5 in Thursday's loss at Milwaukee.
Analysis: The versatile infielder struggled during the season's first week but has turned it up since, hitting .321 over his nine games and homering in two of the past five. Carpenter rates as a strong play in Friday's matchup with the Brewers, as he's 19 for 41 (.463) with three homers lifetime against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta.
|Apr. 17 5:08 PM PT6:08 PM MT7:08 PM CT8:08 PM ET20:08 ET0:08 GMT8:08 5:08 PM MST7:08 PM EST7:38 PM VEN4:08 UAE (+1)7:08 PM CT-As expected, Carpenter was in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates after missing two games due to a swollen ring finger. He went 1 for 4.
Analysis: The injury was sustained after the 31-year-old All-Star was hit by a ground ball in Sunday's game against the New York Yankees, and he was a late scratch Monday. Carpenter is batting just .225 with one homer and four RBIs in 13 games this season.
|Apr. 15 8:46 AM PT9:46 AM MT10:46 AM CT11:46 AM ET11:46 ET15:46 GMT23:46 8:46 AM MST10:46 AM EST11:16 AM VEN19:46 UAE10:46 AM CT-Carpenter hit his first home run of the season Friday, a two-run shot in the first inning of the Cardinals' loss to the Yankees.
Analysis: The three-time All-Star is still off to a slow start, hitting just .209 thus far and entering Friday's matchup with only two RBIs through his first nine games. Carpenter's track record says he'll bounce back and put up solid fantasy numbers in several categories before the year is out.
|Apr. 12 6:24 PM PT7:24 PM MT8:24 PM CT9:24 PM ET21:24 ET1:24 GMT9:24 6:24 PM MST8:24 PM EST8:54 PM VEN5:24 UAE (+1)8:24 PM CT-Carpenter didn't have a hit Wednesday but walked twice, scored twice and drove in a run.
Analysis: Carpenter was back in the lineup after back stiffness kept him out of the starting lineup Tuesday. He's batting just .192 but has drawn seven walks.
|Apr. 9 5:02 PM PT6:02 PM MT7:02 PM CT8:02 PM ET20:02 ET0:02 GMT8:02 5:02 PM MST7:02 PM EST7:32 PM VEN4:02 UAE (+1)7:02 PM CT-Carpenter singled and walked in Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Reds.
Analysis: Carpenter is off to a sluggish start to the season, going 3 for 20 with four walks. He is still seeking his first extra-base hit. The Cardinals visit the nation's capital on Monday, and Carpenter was just 4 for 22 with six strikeouts against Washington pitching in 2016.
|Mar. 9 2:02 PM PT3:02 PM MT4:02 PM CT5:02 PM ET17:02 ET22:02 GMT6:02 3:02 PM MST5:02 PM EST5:32 PM VEN2:02 UAE (+1)4:02 PM CT-In the lineup for defensive purposes only - he's now the full-time first baseman - Carpenter batted ninth against Houston. He'd missed Grapefruit League games for more than a week because of his back problem and had been forced him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic.
Analysis: Carpenter spent the past couple days hitting off a tee and expects to be cleared to take full swings in the batting cage by Monday. He figures he'll be ready to take unrestricted hacks in game by the beginning of next weekend.