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How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?

Matt Carpenter is the game’s quietest star. With four contests remaining in the month, the St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman is batting .377 with an MLB-best .506 on-base percentage in June.

I asked researcher Tom Orf to help me put Carpenter’s month in context. We looked at June on-base percentage of all Cardinals hitters who had at least 87 plate appearances, Carpenter’s current total.

In the history of the franchise, only three others have logged a June on-base mark of .500 or more – and all three have plaques in Cooperstown. The group is led by Rogers Hornsby (.584 OBP in June 1925 – also the best single month in team history), and joined by Stan Musial and Jim Bottomley, both with a .508 OBP in June 1948 and 1925, respectively.

(As a side point, those 1925 Cardinals went 19-9 in June, but finished just one game over .500 for the season. Of course, the next year, St. Louis won the first of 11 World Series championships.)

But back to the here and now, Carpenter could easily finish this month with the second-highest June OBP in team history.

Pretty impressive territory!

Cardinals hitter
Month Year G OBP GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Rogers Hornsby June 1925 28 0.584 28 126 100 31 48 9 2 9 31 2 0 25 6 0.480 0.584 0.880 1.464
Stan Musial June 1948 28 0.508 28 122 102 22 42 7 2 7 17 1 2 20 2 0.412 0.508 0.725 1.234
Jim Bottomley June 1925 28 0.508 28 125 108 19 48 11 3 9 32 3 1 14 4 0.444 0.508 0.852 1.360
Matt Carpenter June 2016 19 0.506 19 87 69 16 26 8 1 4 12 0 1 18 10 0.377 0.506 0.696 1.201

Going a step further…

Logging a .500 OBP in any month of the season with at least 87 PAs has been accomplished 20 other times by Cardinals hitters, for a total of 23 to date. Multiples are led by Hornsby with five .500 months, including five of the top six monthly performances in team history. (The other best of the best month was by David Freese, at .562 in July 2012.)

After The Rajah, there is a surprise next Cardinal at three .500 OBP months, logged by Jim Edmonds in three different seasons. Albert Pujols. Johnny Mize, Mark McGwire and Musial each did it twice.

Carpenter has four days before he can officially join them in the Cardinals’ .500 OBP monthly club.

Cardinals hitter
Other months Year G OBP GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Rogers Hornsby August 1924 29 0.570 29 127 106 29 54 13 2 8 22 0 3 15 7 0.509 0.570 0.896 1.466
Rogers Hornsby Sept/Oct 1925 21 0.568 21 91 74 21 36 11 2 5 20 2 1 14 8 0.486 0.568 0.892 1.460
David Freese July 2012 22 0.562 21 89 72 15 33 6 0 2 11 1 0 15 11 0.458 0.562 0.625 1.187
Rogers Hornsby July 1924 31 0.556 31 139 112 34 52 8 3 7 27 1 2 23 6 0.464 0.556 0.777 1.332
Rogers Hornsby July 1923 31 0.540 31 142 125 31 61 13 4 7 39 0 2 14 12 0.488 0.540 0.824 1.364
Johnny Mize Sept/Oct 1938 29 0.537 29 121 101 21 45 11 3 5 27 0 0 18 7 0.446 0.537 0.762 1.300
Johnny Mize August 1939 29 0.532 29 128 106 16 47 8 5 4 25 0 0 19 10 0.443 0.532 0.726 1.258
Jack Clark July 1987 25 0.531 25 113 71 17 19 3 0 6 19 1 1 41 28 0.268 0.531 0.563 1.094
Albert Pujols April/March 2008 29 0.523 28 128 96 17 35 7 0 5 20 2 0 30 7 0.365 0.523 0.594 1.117
Les Bell July 1926 30 0.520 30 131 108 23 49 10 1 4 27 5 0 15 9 0.454 0.520 0.676 1.196
Jim Edmonds August 2004 26 0.519 25 108 78 21 28 2 1 10 24 1 1 28 22 0.359 0.519 0.795 1.313
Jim Edmonds April/March 2000 25 0.515 23 103 76 23 29 6 0 8 22 2 1 23 26 0.382 0.515 0.776 1.291
Mark McGwire May 2000 26 0.514 26 111 79 25 25 3 0 13 28 0 0 32 22 0.316 0.514 0.848 1.362
Stan Musial Sept/Oct 1949 29 0.514 29 138 115 31 48 11 3 9 34 1 0 22 5 0.417 0.514 0.800 1.314
Mark McGwire May 1998 26 0.513 26 119 86 25 28 2 0 16 32 0 0 33 27 0.326 0.513 0.907 1.420
Matt Holliday April/March 2011 20 0.511 20 92 76 19 31 7 0 3 16 0 1 13 15 0.408 0.511 0.618 1.129
Albert Pujols April/March 2006 25 0.509 25 110 81 27 28 4 0 14 32 2 0 28 7 0.346 0.509 0.914 1.423
Chick Hafey July 1928 27 0.504 25 116 106 30 49 18 2 9 34 3 0 8 10 0.462 0.504 0.925 1.429
Jim Edmonds April/March 2002 23 0.500 21 98 76 18 27 7 0 7 20 1 0 21 21 0.355 0.500 0.724 1.224
Ted Simmons July 1975 30 0.500 28 120 103 15 43 11 1 3 19 0 1 17 7 0.417 0.500 0.631 1.131

June 29 update: With two games to go and through 96 plate appearances, Carpenter’s June OBP is exactly .500.

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8 Responses to “How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    15th by OPS. Given a century or more of performances, it’s famtastic.

  2. Nutlaw says:

    So did he make it?

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Some encouraging performances by several bonus baby pitchers. Last years 3rd round RHP Hicks had a fine start for Johnson city. RHP dobzanski has been solid for state college. Another high pick RHP Williams whiffed 10 in a start. Given how much we invest in pitching, it’s good to see some results.

  4. CariocaCardinal says:

    Did the Cards have their first losing month in ages in June?

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Watching tyrell Jenkins pitching against the Marlins on behalf of fort Bragg

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