"What he's guilty of is caring too much and feeling like he's got to do something extra special, and that's a trap that many young players can fall into," Matheny said of the 27-year-old Carpenter. "He still is a young player, even though he's been such an incredible story this year, such a catalyst for our offense. But it doesn't all rest on his shoulders.
"... He's close, and it would be a good time tomorrow for him to start trusting himself."
• Left-hander Sam Freeman threw in the bullpen during Tuesday's optional workout. Though he was left off the active roster for the NLDS, he is continuing with his regular routine should he be needed if the Cardinals advance.
• Since the Dodgers-Braves NLDS concluded Monday, the start time for Game 5 of the Cards-Pirates series has been pushed back from 4 p.m. CT to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.