Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Struggling with contact

Carpenter, who was reinstated from the injured list last Thursday, is 2-for-9 with six strikeouts in the first two games following the All-Star break.

The nightmarish season continues for Carpenter, whose 25.7 percent strikeout rate is the highest of his major-league career. When factoring out his initial seven-game cup of coffee with the Cardinals back in 2011, all three components of Carpenter's current .216/.322/.376 line qualify as career worsts. Moreover, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that manager Mike Shildt will continue to rotate other hitters into the leadoff role that Carpenter often occupies (including Saturday), a spot where he's slashing only .208/.318/.365 over 299 plate appearances.

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