Matt Carpenter has a .635 slugging percentage as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter.
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Third baseman Matt Carpenter has sacrificed some points off his batting average since he started powering up this season, but there is no arguing that he supplies a unique dimension to the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup.
Carpenter is slugging well over .600 from the leadoff spot in the order. Dating back 101 years, not many hitters can match that type of power at the top of the order.
HIGHEST SLUGGING PERCENTAGE BATTING FIRST SINCE 1914*
Kal Daniels, Cincinnati Reds
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
Wally Moses, Philadelphia Athletics
* Minimum 300 plate appearances
The Cardinals have just three regular-season games left. When they’re done, they will have produced one of the finest run-prevention seasons in their long history.
LARGEST DIFFERENTIAL IN ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING PERCENTAGE IN 2015
Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
FEWEST OPPONENT RUNS PER GAME IN CARDINALS HISTORY
Runs per game
3.23 (first in MLB)
HIGHEST CAREER WINNING PERCENTAGE, CARDINALS LEFT-HANDERS WITH 50-PLUS WINS