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Shildt intends to stay the course with Carpenter at leadoff


The rest of the lineup was coming up with clutch hits, the starters were consistently putting the team in position to win and the bullpen rarely wavered in locking things down.


"He's got the right approach for it,” Mike Shildt said of Carpenter batting leadoff, the Cardinals manager expressing trust in the player Tuesday afternoon at SunTrust Park.


Carpenter set the appropriate tone for a leadoff man, opening the game by working a full-count walk against Mike Foltynewicz, and later scoring on a Marcell Ozuna three-run blast.


Though Carpenter did get things moving in the right direction early Tuesday, it’s hard to argue his day—or another other individual player’s day, for that matter—was the singular difference in a game where the Cardinals hit three three-run home runs and at once point led 11-0.


Though 14 runs might come easily the one day, it’s whether the Cardinals find ways to scrape across four or five rather than one or two on those nights when the bats aren’t clicking that will determine how far the team makes it this season.


So while Shildt maintains Carpenter's current approach holds the same prowess that made him look like Captain Marvel from May 16 to basically the end of August last season, is it possible he would consider shaking things up, anyway?






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