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'Super awesome' Chris Carpenter

Sep 7, 2009, 8:03 PM EDT

carpenter_090907.jpgYou’ve heard the names thrown out there regarding the NL Cy Young race.

Tim Lincecum, the reigning Cy winner and MLB strikeout leader who has a flair for hair. Adam Wainwright, who leads all of baseball with 17 wins. Heck, even Phillies rookie J.A. Happ has received some buzz.

But look out everyone, here comes Chris Carpenter.

The Cardinals veteran tossed a one-hitter on Monday, baffling the Milwaukee Brewers with a non-stop string of strikes. He struck out 10, allowed just a double to Jody Gerut, and threw just 99 pitches, 64 of them for strikes. Just two balls made it out of the infield.

“I’m trying to get strike one, strike two and strike three as fast as I can, or get you to put the ball in play and let my guys work behind you,” he said.

That’s 11 straight victories for Carpenter (16-3), who also won the NL Cy Young in 2005.

“It’s the least of my concerns,” said Carpenter, who won it in 2005 with a 21-5 record. “I’ve won one before. It’s super awesome and fun and nice, but I’d much rather get to the playoffs and pitch in the World Series.”

He just might be on his way.

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  1. Larry - Sep 7, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Whether Carpenter wins the Cy Young is irrelavent. It’s a greart story for a guy who had major arm surgery and missed a year to be pitching as he is. He has had two major arm surgeries in his career and has somehow bounced back to be outstanding each time.

  2. Larry - Sep 7, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Carpenter is another of pitching coach Dave Duncan’s miracles. In the 4 years he has been healthy in St. Louis Carpenter is 66-23 with an ERA well under 3.00. He was a very average pitcher at best with Toronto before St. Louis signed him. How long his twice surgically repaired arm will last is anyone’s guess.

  3. cardsfan - Sep 8, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    There was a lot of speculation last year as to whether or not Carpenter would even be back….He is back with a vengence. Go Cards!

  4. Oldtimer - Sep 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Carpenter has a lot of guts, and is a truly great competitor.
    Wish Greinke had some of that talent behind him.

  5. mark - Sep 8, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    my vote would go to Chris Carpenter! Lincecum may have more strikeouts but he only has 13 wins…its not about who can strike out more guys its who helps their team to more wins. if you want a better stat than strikeouts look at joel pinero he has less walks then starts this year and has more wins than Lincecum. the leaders have to be:
    1) Chris Carpenter
    2) Adam Wainwright
    3) Tim Lincecum
    4) Dan Haren/Joel Pinero

  6. Shely - Sep 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    What are you talking about? Carpenter was not an average pitcher with Toronto. He was an AL Cy Young winner before surgery. Get your head out of your homer rear end. He was a great pitcher before Duncan or Tony got him.
    Shely in Cinti.

  7. Doug - Sep 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Uh…Shely…Chris Carpenter never won the AL Cy Young.
    He never even got a VOTE for the AL Cy Young.
    He was 49-50 with a 4.83 ERA in Toronto.
    He never won more than 12 games or had an ERA under 4 in Toronto.
    He was a 1st round pick, and was seen as a guy who had a lot of talent, but couldn’t quite get it all together, and couldn’t stay healthy.
    Check out baseball-reference.com if you don’t believe me.

  8. shely - Sep 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Sorry, want to make a correction. I think it was Carpenters team mate Halliday in Toronto (around 2001-2002-2003)who won the Cy. However Carpenter was a very good pitcher, with are trouble.
    Shely with a correction

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