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Something very weird happened during Matt Carpenter’s at-bat

Matt Carpenter breaks his bat

Matt Carpenter seemed to defy the laws of physics over the weekend.

The St. Louis Cardinals DH Carpenter had one of the strangest at-bats of the season in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against Milwaukee. Carpenter swung at an 0-1 offering from Bryse Wilson and broke his bat … before he even made contact with the pitch.

Check out the surreal scene.

Here is a video of the swing in normal speed.

The 38-year-old former All-Star Carpenter has taken more than 5,600 plate appearances over the course of his career but that definitely had to be a first. Either he was gripping the bat too hard, he was gripping the bat too low, he was swinging with the force of a Mike Tyson haymaker, or all of the above.

Carpenter, who returned to the Cardinals over the offseason on a one-year deal, would eventually line out in the at-bat. But that had to be baseball’s flukiest broken-bat sequence since this one from several years ago.

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