Nobody would have expected to see Matt Carpenter go on the tear he’s been on lately at the beginning of the season.
Not after the St. Louis Cardinals let him walk and the Texas Rangers ultimately released him from his minor league deal.
But the New York Yankees seem to have solved his problems.
Maybe it’s that short right field porch, or maybe it’s just a change of scenery.
Regardless, Carpenter has been impossible to slow down.
Starting 9, a Barstool Sports affiliate, tweeted some of Carpenter’s numbers since the Yankees took a chance on him, and he’s still on a legendary pace.
Matt Carpenter in 83 Plate Appearances
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) July 15, 2022
Carp Stays Hot
In just 83 plate appearances, Carpenter has put up some historically good numbers.
Since being picked up by the Yankees, he appears to be back to where he once was during his early days with the Cardinals, when he was an All-Star three times.
He may be 36 right now, but the veteran slugger has found his rhythm again.
A .338/.451/.868 slash line is impressive, but he’s also hit 11 home runs and driven in 24 runs.
Carpenter has proven to be more than just your average pickup.
The Yankees really found a gem when they picked him up and have helped him rediscover that stroke that he once had, one that he had seemingly lost after his MVP-caliber 2018 season.
This is the kind of player Carpenter is.
This is the same guy who was a three-time All-Star with the Cardinals and helped lead them to many years of success.
Now, he’s helping the Yankees assert their dominance over the rest of the league with his resurgent bat.
The Yankees got him for a bargain and now he’s proving to be worth every penny of the contract they signed him to.