Carlson went 2-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Padres in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series.
Carlson struggled to a .162/.215/.243 line in 23 games in his first big-league stint, but he returned following a brief demotion to hit .278/.325/.611 over 12 games to close the year. If Wednesday's performance is any indication, the latter stretch is closer to what can be expected of the rookie going forward. The Cardinals apparently think so, as they trusted him with the cleanup spot.
Carlson will start in left field and bat cleanup against Brett Anderson and the Brewers on Sunday.
As Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com notes, Carlson is the first 21-year-old player to start a game in the cleanup spot for the Cardinals since Albert Pujols in 2001. Carlson has really turned it on since returning from the alternate site, slashing .313/.361/.668 with two homers in 11 games.
Carlson went 1-for-3 with a two-run double, a walk and a run during a win over the Brewers in the second game of a doubleheader Friday.
The rookie continues to look like a completely different player in his latest big-league stint, with Friday's double marking his fourth extra-base hit of the last five games, a stretch during which he also has a pair of multi-hit efforts and seven RBI. Carlson is still slashing just .214/.268/.388 for the season, but his line since being called back from the alternate training site on Sept. 18 is an exponentially more impressive .345/.394/.759 over 10 games (33 plate appearances).
Carlson went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI In a win over Milwaukee on Thursday.
Among a starting lineup composed primarily of veterans. it was the rookie who led the Cardinals to a major victory in their quest for a playoff spot, notching half of the team's four hits and driving in three of their four runs. Carlson knocked in two with a home run to right field in the fourth inning and plated another with a double in the sixth. In doing so, he managed to bring his season average over the Mendoza Line to .202. Since returning to the active roster Sept. 18, Carlson is hitting .320 with nine RBI.
Carlson went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI double and two runs scored in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Royals.
Carlson also tripled and singled in the contest, but he flew out in the eighth inning in his one chance to complete the cycle. The outfielder's biggest contribution was a two-RBI double in the second inning, and he came around to score on Kolten Wong's single. In the sixth, Carlson got aboard with a single and later scored on a Tommy Edman sacrifice fly. In 29 games, the 21-year-old Carlson is slashing .196/.235/.337 with two homers, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and a stolen base.
Carlson will start in center field and will bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates.
Carlson was unproductive during his first stint in the big leagues, but he's kicked off his second callup period on the right foot. He started both of the past two games, going a collective 2-for-6 with a home run and four RBI. If he turns in another strong showing at the dish Sunday, Carlson could be in store for steady at-bats over the final week of the regular season.
Carlson went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Pirates in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.
After appearing as a pinch hitter in the matinee following his recall from the Cards' alternate site, Carlson got the start in center field during the nightcap and wrapped up the scoring for the evening with his second home run of the year. The 21-year-old is slashing only .179/.229/.295 through his first 25 big-league games, but his future remains very bright.
Carlson was recalled by the Cardinals on Friday.
Carlson entered the year with plenty of hype, but he didn't come close to delivering on it in his first 23 big-league games, hitting .162/.215/.243. That's not nearly a large enough sample to conclude that the hype was misplaced, though it's also not clear why things would be dramatically different after he spent just 10 days off the big-league roster. What exactly his role will be down the stretch remains to be seen. Max Schrock was optioned in a corresponding move.
Carlson was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Tuesday.
The highly-touted rookie simply hasn't been remotely productive in his first 23 big-league games, hitting just .162/.215/.243. His .220 BABIP suggests he's gotten a bit unlucky, but he's also striking out 29.1 percent of the time and simply isn't hitting the ball hard, as Statcast gives him an expected batting average of just .216. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll have another chance on the big-league roster down the stretch. Carlos Martinez returned from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move.
Carlson is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
After producing one hit in 18 at-bats over his last six games to drop his season-long slash line to .162/.215/.243, Carlson looks like he may have lost out on a full-time role with the big club. He'll be on the bench for a third straight contest Monday, allowing both Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill to stick in the starting outfield alongside Tommy Edman. Carlson could be at risk of a demotion once Dexter Fowler is cleared to return from the COVID-19 injured list.
Carlson is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Carlson is 1-for-12 with four strikeouts in his past four games and will sit back-to-back contests for the first time since being called up in mid-August. Tyler O'Neill, Lane Thomas and Tommy Edman will start from left to right in the outfield Wednesday.
Carlson isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.
Carlson went 1-for-12 with two RBI and four strikeouts over the past four games, and he'll take a breather Tuesday. Lane Thomas will start in center field.
Carlson went 1-for-3 with a two-run infield single in a win over the Indians on Sunday.
Carlson is still slashing .188/.246/.281, so he still clearly needs plenty of seasoning against big-league arms. However, the promising outfielder has now hit safely in seven of his last eight starts, a stretch during which he has one multi-hit effort, three extra-base hits (two doubles, one home run) and five RBI. Carlson's overall struggles aside, it's clear the Cardinals organization is intent on holding true to the pledge of giving Carlson as many reps as possible for what remains of the regular season.
Carlson isn't in Saturday's lineup against Cleveland, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Carlson's six-game hitting streak came to an end Friday, and he'll take a seat for Saturday's contest. Dexter Fowler will shift to right field with Tyler O'Neill starting in left field.
Carlson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Sunday against the Reds.
Carlson came to the dish with two outs and a runner on first in the seventh inning and delivered his first career home run. While the long ball was the more notable milestone, it was also Carlson's first multi-hit game, as he delivered a single to lead off the fourth inning. It's been a bit of a rocky start in the big leagues for Carlson, as he's now hitting .154/.195/.256 across 41 plate appearances.
Carlson is out of the lineup Friday against the Reds, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Carlson played every inning of the Cardinals' nine games over the past six days, so it's a well-earned day off for the rookie despite his slow start (4-for-31 with nine strikeouts) at the plate. Tyler O'Neill, Harrison Bader and Dexter Fowler will start in the outfield from left to right Friday.
Carlson, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a win over the Reds on Thursday, is now hitting .129 (4-for-31) with a double, two walks, one stolen base and two runs across his first nine games.
Carlson is getting plenty of reps, as he's started in each game since being promoted from the team's alternate training site in Springfield. The elite prospect got his four hits in two consecutive games, but otherwise, it's been a relatively rough ride for Carlson over his first several days in the majors. The 21-year-old has struck out nine times thus far, yet all indications are the Cardinals will continue to give him steady playing time for what remains of the season.
Carlson went 1-for-6 with a double and a walk across both games of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday.
Carlson went hitless in his first major-league contest, but rebounded to get on base twice in the second game. He first reached on a free pass in the fourth frame, but followed that up with a double into right field in the fifth inning. The 21-year-old is widely considered one of the best prospects in the game and is expected to get regular playing time for the remainder of the season.
Carlson was added to the Cardinals' 28-man roster Saturday and will start in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the White Sox.
The move was widely anticipated as the Cardinals' elite prospect should see playing time while several players recover from COVID-19. Carlson has played all three outfield spots but will start in left field for the first game of Saturday's twin bill.
Carlson, who will be part of the 28-man active roster when the Cardinals resume play Saturday, will start in one of the outfield spots, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "I would imagine he's going to play, just like I stated all along," president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said.
The elite prospect's highly anticipated big-league debut is on the verge of officially unfolding, certainly helped along by the Cardinals' barrage of positive COVID-19 cases. Carlson has logged time at all three outfield spots during his brief minor-league career and did the same in spring training, so it's not yet clear who'd he supplant in the starting lineup if Goold's report ultimately bears out. However, Tyler O'Neill, who the Cardinals want to get as many reps as possible against big-league arms in the interest of his continued development and considerable upside, is likely safe, meaning center fielder Harrison Bader (.091/.231/.182 slash through four games) or right fielder Dexter Fowler (.250/.294/.438 through five games) appear to be the candidates to take a seat. Meanwhile Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com speculates Carlson could simply be shifted around all three outfield positions over time due what he assesses as the 21-year-old's "excellent defensive instincts, quick first step and knack for taking efficient routes".
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