Carpenter's hot start earns praise from Matheny

Carpenter's hot start earns praise from Matheny

ST. LOUIS -- Infielder Matt Carpenter is making a strong impression on his manager with his hot start.

"I think he's a pretty mature hitter," Mike Matheny said. "The fact that he has a very, very good knowledge of his strike zone; he's got a knowledge of the league. He goes in with a pretty good game plan. When he has an at-bat like the other day when we got guys in scoring position and he strikes out, that's just not something you see.

"He just grinds out at-bats and fights off the tough pitches and seems to be on top of the ones that are left with too much of the plate. Things you don't expect to see on a consistent basis for a guy who's only had a year and some change in this league."

Carpenter makes his ninth start in 10 games on Friday vs. the Brewers, his third start at second base and his eighth time hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

The 27-year-old left-handed hitter appeared in his 130th Major League game over parts of three seasons on Wednesday. In 346 career at-bats he is hitting .295/.369/.465 with 28 doubles, seven homers, 52 RBIs and 55 runs scored.

Nate Latsch is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.