Leave Matt Carpenter on the waiver wire

Colin Henderson dives into the resurgence of New York Yankees 3B Matt Carpenter in New York and whether his current production is sustainable.

Video transcript

Move over, Nestor Cortes. There’s another glorious mustache reinventing itself in the Bronx as Matt Carpenter settles into his new home. After being released earlier this year, the former all-star landed with the Yankees and capitalized on his opportunity by going deep twice on Sunday while driving in 7 carries. That brings his total to 6 homers, 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored on the year in just 24 at-bats in 10 games.

It’s hard to dispute the results because Carpenter has 8 hits with the Yankees, 7 of those hits being the extra base variety. While his output has been stellar, don’t add Carpenter to your list just yet. Aside from the fact that he just can’t sustain that production long term, the at-bats just aren’t there every week. He has compiled just 6 on-set appearances in the past week.

Now that Stanton is back in the lineup and it looks like he’ll only be playing one to two games a week going forward. That being said, when you know he’ll be in the lineup against a weaker right-hander, Carpenter makes great low-cost DFS play thanks to that short porch and home run. But for those in mixed leagues, let Carpenter sit on waivers.

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