Chris Carpenter
American baseball player
Chris Carpenter
Christopher John Carpenter is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003, and is currently signed with the team through the 2013 season. Carpenter was 22 years old and a highly-regarded prospect when he broke into the majors in 1997 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He stayed with Toronto until after the 2002 season. He is 6' 6" tall and weighs 230 pounds.
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Google News - over 3 years Ace of Cards' title teams, Carpenter calls it a career After a decade with the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter will retire from the starting rotation, where he served as the team's ace and the staff's clubhouse leader for most of his tenure. But the team hopes he will not be leaving the organization. General manager John ... Chris Carpenter calls it a careerESPN Cards' Carpenter to officially retireChicago Tribune Cardinals sign Matheny to 3-year extension, announce Carpenter's retirementWashington Post all 52 news articles »
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Cardinals Fans: Thank You
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Four years ago, I moved from the only home I ever knew just outside of New York City to St. Louis, Missouri, where I would be attending school for the next few years. I grew up a passionate Mets fan, which meant I was obligated to hate the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, the 2000 NLCS, the '80s rivalry, their unbelievably irritating ability to win year after year. Not to mention taking Carlos Beltran away from us. They were the worst. When I came to St. Louis, I was aspiring to be in the world of sports media. I worked for a couple radio stations, wrote for a couple blogs, and was basically forced to learn about the Cardinals, their franchise and their culture. They were an entertaining team to watch, but not one that I could ever adamantly support. The reality was that the pain of that devastating curveball still burned in my memory. I could still see that gloomy impression on Aaron Heilman's face, seconds before he let up that most unbearable home run. It was crushing. ...
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Chris Carpenter set to finish career as St. Louis Cardinal
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Chris Carpenter won't make another comeback next spring.
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Cardinals' Chris Carpenter to retire: Report
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire in the off-season, according to the Boston Globe.
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MLB Game 5s: A Look Back At Some Of Baseball's Best Game 5s
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
-- The phrase "Game 7" always resonates in baseball — but now, the postseason offers all sorts of winner-take-all scenarios. This year, two best-of-five division series have gone the distance. St. Louis hosted Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, and Oakland takes on Detroit on Thursday. In those cases, Game 5 isn't much different from Game 7. The winner advances and the loser waits for next year. The best-of-five format has actually been around for a while. It was used for league championship series from 1969-84 and again for division series since the first postseason with wild cards in 1995. There were also four best-of-five division series in 1981, when the postseason format was altered because of a strike. Here's a look back at some of baseball's most memorable Game 5s from these best-of-five matchups: LOST CLASSICS?: We'll get to some more famous moments shortly. First, a few Game 5s that are often forgotten. The first winner-take-all Game 5 took place in the 1972 NL champions ...
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VOTE: Does Puig Deserve All-Star Nod?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Are you on Team Puig? If so, you're running out of time to get clicking. For the all the talents and accomplishments of the four other players involved, the "Final Vote" for the last spot on the National League All-Star team is largely being viewed as a referendum on Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers' electrifying rookie outfielder has wowed fans and foes with his bat, glove and speed. Since making his MLB debut on June 3, the 22-year-old from Cuba has taken the majors by storm, raking a .436 clip through the remainder of the month. Despite his blockbuster opening in L.A., Puig's arrival was too late to earn an All-Star spot via the fan vote and his body of work apparently was considered too small to earn the nod from managers and players. As a result, Puig joined Hunter Pence, Freddie Freeman, Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Desmond on the ballt of the "Final Vote." Count Gonzalez among those backing Puig, his teammate in Los Angeles. "For me, personally, I want Puig to go," s ...
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Chris Carpenter suffers a setback
LATimes - over 3 years
Rehab for Cardinals pitcher is on hold after he injures his lower back. Chris Carpenter's rehabilitation has been put on hold after the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher injured his lower back in a bullpen session.     
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Cardinals place Carpenter on 60-day DL
Fox News - almost 4 years
The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Chris Carpenter on the 60-day disabled list, the team announced on Friday.
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Jordan Schultz: Felix Hernandez Contract Is One Massive Mistake
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Felix Hernandez is arguably the best and most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball, but he is not the solution for the Seattle Mariners. At 26 years old, Hernandez is the rare superstar without an ego. He's mastered the unhittable combination of changing speeds and strikeout pitches. His power curveball redefines the term 12-6, and it isn't even his best pitch. Hernandez can throw a change-up which makes even the most elite of hitters look silly. Part of the Mariners organization since he was 15 years old, Hernandez is adored not just for his pitching, but for his humility. He's active in the community and cordial with the media. The Mariners however, are an organization associated with losing, penny-pinching and poor financial decisions. Awarding Hernandez the richest contract for any pitcher in league history -- valued at seven years and $175 million -- actually shows a commitment to winning that has been missing over the past decade. After all, the franchi ...
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Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter likely out for ’13
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
St. Louis Cardinals’ right-hander Chris Carpenter will likely miss the 2013 season, and his career is in jeopardy due of a nerve problem that cost him most of last season.
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Giant win - on to World Series
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giant win - on to World Series Ann Killion After a half-dozen games this postseason on the brink of elimination, Giants are now on the brink of their second World Series in 3 years [...] hurry. Because the World Series is starting in a few minutes. The Giants, on the brink of elimination six separate times in this wild postseason, decided to stop with all the heart-stopping dramatics on Monday night. While tradition and circumstance - a Game 7 between the past two World Series champions - seemed to dictate a nail-biter, the Giants opted for a different tack. The Giants giddily danced away from the legacy of the Cardinals, a team that had won six straight elimination games themselves over the past two seasons. The national baseball writers privately hoping for a Giants victory so they could steal a few more glorious fall days in San Francisco. Grinding through the regular season, staying ahead of the traffic, navigating through the bullpen obstacle course, s ...
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Cardinals facing elimination again after Carpenter's 6-1 loss to Giants sends NLCS to Game 7
Fox News - over 4 years
Chris Carpenter walked off the mound, and the fans cheered him once again.
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Giants' Vogelsong stifles St. Louis in 6-1 win
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants' Vogelsong stifles St. Louis in 6-1 win Nobody has a better perspective on the two unsinkable teams that will play for the National League pennant Monday night. Ryan Theriot wore the birds on the bat when the Cardinals roared back from the brink twice to win the 2011 World Series. If Cain can ride the wave of zeroes thrown up by Barry Zito in Game 5 and Ryan Vogelsong in Game 6, the Giants will have an excellent shot at becoming the second team in major-league history to win six elimination games in a single postseason. The 1985 Royals rebounded from 3-1 deficits to win the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays and the World Series against the Cardinals. Sunday's game was no contest because the Giants followed a charged first inning from Vogelsong to take a 1-0 lead, then pounced on Chris Carpenter like a cat on tuna fish with a four-run second. Vogelsong allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, just as he did in Game 2, with ...
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Chris Carpenter a leader in Cardinals clubhouse
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
Ben Cherington grew up in Meriden, N.H. The Boston Red Sox general manager is nine months older than Chris Carpenter of Manchester, N.H. They played baseball and hockey against each other.
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Giants awaken from AT&T Park stupor
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants awaken from AT&T Park stupor Baseball etiquette demanded retaliation, but Holliday went un-drilled, although I'm pretty sure when Giants' relievers were warming up in the bullpen, they did so by throwing at a blowup Matt Holliday doll. The Giants took the wood to Cardinals' starter Chris Carpenter, who three months ago had a rib and three neck muscles removed so he could pitch. Angel Pagan, first inning homer and nice play on liner in the sun by game-leadoff man Jon Jay. ... Brandon Belt, two hits and the defensive play of the game, invading the visiting bullpen to snag a foul pop, denying Yadier Molina another swing with a runner on second and the score 1-1. ... Brandon Crawford, a clutch deliberate chopper to keep the four-run rally alive. There are baseball people all over the planet who will hear that Vogelsong just stomped on the Cards in a big playoff game and they will say, "Wonder if he's related to the Vogelsong who was a pitcher many year ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Carpenter
  • 2016
    Age 40
    The Cardinals announced on April 29, 2016, that Carpenter was voted by fans into the franchise Hall of Fame, with the enshrinement taking place on August 27, 2016. Statistical achievements Bold: League leader †: led both Major Leagues Carpenter currently resides in Bedford, New Hampshire and Clayton, Missouri with son Sam,(b 2002) and daughter Ava,(b. 2005). Chris filed for divorce from 1st wife Alyson Ickes in December 2013.
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  • 2014
    Age 38
    In May, 2014, he put his Ladue, Missouri, home on the market for $3.65 million.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, he listed his Palm Beach, Florida, home for sale for $675,000.
    He re-married on December 6, 2014 to his current wife, former Boston television reporter Sarah French.
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    On December 9, 2014, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame announced Carpenter as an inductee in their 2015 class.
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    He resigned the position after the 2014 season for personal reasons.
    More Details Hide Details Like teammate Adam Wainwright, Carpenter's repertoire consisted mostly of sinkers (90–94 mph), cutters (87–90), and curveballs (74–77), with occasional four-seam fastballs and a changeup used against left-handed hitters. His curveball was his preferred pitch with two strikes. "He's just the entire package", manager Tony La Russa said. "He's got really tough stuff. He has a lot of pitches and can show a hitter one thing, mix it two or three times and show him something different, and he's competitive as all get-out. He's the complete package." He was also a good fielder, having pitched three full seasons (2001, 2006 and 2009) without making an error. Carpenter's sinker generally averaged about in 2011, his last full season, and slightly lower that its average speed of in 2009. His sinker and four-seam fastball combination averaged in 2011. Against right-handed hitters, his sinker was most effective with horizontal movement rather than with marked sink. His cutter actually had more sink on it than his sinker, along with the effective, familiar cutting motion. It averaged between 86.5 and 88 mph over the last few years over his career. The curveball had significant downward movement, and, at or below, was slow for a pitcher who threw as hard as Carpenter did.
    Approximately two months after announcing his retirement as a player, the Cardinals announced in January, 2014, that Carpenter would join the team's front office.
    More Details Hide Details Mozeliak stated that he would become familiar with the role of scouting.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Mozeliak confirmed his retirement during a press conference on November 20, 2013.
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    He did not pitch for the Cardinals in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details On October 13, his agent Bob LaMonte stated Carpenter would retire, and may pursue a career in the Cardinals organization.
    At a press conference that same day, he said he still held out hope of pitching in 2013, and refused to talk about retirement.
    More Details Hide Details On February 22, the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list. He hoped to return to pitch out of the bullpen after stating on May 4 he was feeling good and resuming a throwing program. Mozeliak believed he could return in late June or early July. He threw a bullpen session of around 70 pitches on May 10, with all his pitch types, and said afterwards he felt good and was ready for his fifth session on May 13. He made two minor league rehab starts but was shut down because of continued discomfort.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    According to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, Carpenter informed team officials he was again experiencing symptoms in his right shoulder that sidelined him for much of 2012, namely numbness, weakness, and general discomfort.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-January, he disclosed to reporters at the Cardinals Winter Warmup event that he'd experienced no problems with the shoulder in his off-season throwing routine. However, according to Mozeliak, several attempts by Carpenter to throw bullpen sessions had caused a resurfacing of the shoulder issue. Carpenter stated on February 11 that he would not travel to spring training in Jupiter, Florida, deciding to stay in St. Louis fearing he could be a distraction.
    His post-season win on October 10 in the third game of the 2012 NLDS against the Washington Nationals gave him a 10–2 record, 2.88 ERA and 100 innings in 16 postseason starts.
    More Details Hide Details The 10 wins placed him seventh on MLB's all-time postseason win list at the time, just one behind Curt Schilling (11–2, 2.23 ERA) and Greg Maddux (11–14, 3.27 ERA). However, he allowed five runs – two earned – in only four innings to take the loss in Game 2 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants, and turned in an identical performance in the potentially clinching Game 6. The Cardinals lost in seven games. On February 5, 2013, an report on the Cardinals official team website stated that Carpenter was considered unlikely to pitch for the team in the 2013 season, his final under his contract.
    Initial recovery time was estimated at six months, meaning he would miss the remainder of the 2012 season and be ready for spring training the following February.
    More Details Hide Details Dr. Greg Pearl performed the surgery on July 19 and the procedure involved removal of a rib. Defying expectations, his speedy recovery allowed him to return to the mound in a September 21 game against the Cubs. According to Carpenter, "I worked my butt off to try and get back, and it worked out."
    He did not pitch for much of 2012 because of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), diagnosed on June 28 after a visit to a Dallas-area specialist.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, a three-month strengthening program to remedy shoulder weakness was the goal. However, the treatment failed, leaving surgical intervention as the only option. On July 3, the team and Carpenter announced he would have surgery to repair the TOS. It involved removal of his first rib, the amelioration of two scalene muscles in the neck and extrication of nerves within the brachial plexus.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    His overall 2011 postseason totals included a 4–0 record and 3.30 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details After producing three successful seasons (2009–11) that had followed two injury-plagued seasons (2007–08), Carpenter would again miss nearly all of two consecutive seasons. This time, they were his final two major league seasons under contract.
    At the close of the 2011 regular season, the Cardinals called on Carpenter to consummate what St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Bernie Miklasz termed an "improbable comeback."
    More Details Hide Details The Cardinals were one game from realizing their quest of surmounting a games-won deficit over the Atlanta Braves that had commenced on August 28. They had tied the Braves for the Wild Card lead entering the final game of the season on September 29. Carpenter started that game against the Houston Astros, securing an 8–0 victory behind his two-hit shutout. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Philles defeated the Braves 4–3 in 13 innings, giving the Cardinals the wild card title and eliminating the Braves from the playoffs. The games-won deficit marked the largest lead surrendered with 32 left to play. For the season, Carpenter pitched an NL-leading innings while posting a 3.45 ERA and leading the major leagues in starts with 34. He also struck out 191 batters, allowed a 1.256 WHIP, completed four games, and was ninth in the NL with 3.473 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    For the 2010 season, Carpenter finished with a 3.22 ERA, 235 IP, 179 SO and 16–9 W–L record.
    More Details Hide Details It was the only time in his Cardinals career in which he played the full season but missed the playoffs. He led the major leagues in games started (35) and was second in the NL in IP. He also finished in the top ten in the NL in wins, winning percentage, walks per nine innings, batters faced and hit batsmen.
    Early in the 2010 season, Carpenter began to experience increased symptoms related to the prior weakness and numbness in his pitching arm that was concentrated mainly in his shoulder.
    More Details Hide Details He gained relief through multiple remedies that included deep massage and muscle release that chiropractor Dr. Clayton Skaggs performed. The relief allowed him to play the entire season without a DL stay. However, over time, his condition became more resistant to treatment. He played in the All-Star Game, the third appearance of his career. In an August game, Carpenter was involved in a bench-clearing brawl with the Cincinnati Reds. After a heated exchange with Reds' manager Dusty Baker following an incident between Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina and the Reds' Brandon Phillips which cleared the benches, the two teams began shoving and grappling with each other. While pinned against a backstop, Reds' starting pitcher Johnny Cueto kicked wildly at several Cardinals, hitting Carpenter and catcher Jason LaRue several times. Cueto was suspended seven games for the incident. In the midst of the brawl, Carpenter could be seen exchanging words with several players, then the whole crowd of players including the Cardinals massed together in his direction. He was pushed up against the railing bordering the stands and almost fell in the middle of the chaos.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    For his performance in the 2009 season after missing nearly all of the previous season while recuperating from nerve ailments in his pitching arm and Tommy John surgery, he unanimously won the Tony Conigliaro Award.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    At one point in 2008, he began experiencing numbness in his pitching forearm, which lingered for rest of his career, and transformed into weakness, intermittently shifting from his arm to his hands, neck, and facial muscles.
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    He made his next major league appearance one year later on July 30, 2008, against the Braves.
    More Details Hide Details He lasted four innings, gave up one run on five hits, walked two and struck out two. Despite receiving a no-decision, the Cardinals went on to win the game, 7–2.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    After making just four starts from 2007–08, Carpenter returned for a one-hit performance on April 9 against Pittsburgh in his 2009 season debut.
    More Details Hide Details He shut them out for seven innings at Busch Stadium struck out seven. In his second start of the season on April 14, he strained the left side of his rib cage, prompting the club placed him on the 15-day DL. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) revealed an oblique tear. On May 20, Carpenter returned after missing a month to make his 100th start for the Cardinals. He pitched five shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs, giving up just three hits, walking two, and striking out five in a 2–1 win. With that win, his winning percentage with the club increased to .726 (53–20), the highest ever by a Cardinal through his first 100 starts, surpassing John Tudor's 49–21 record (.700). He completed 19 total innings for the month of May and allowed just two ER for a .95 ERA; he also allowed just a .737 WHIP.
    He made his third consecutive Opening Day start on April 1, 2007, facing off against Tom Glavine of the Mets.
    More Details Hide Details The Mets won, 6–1, giving Carpenter his first career Opening Day loss. He missed his next start due to apparent elbow inflammation. The Cardinals placed him on the DL on April 9 for impingement syndrome and moderate arthritis. On May 5, the team announced that he would require surgery to trim bone spurs in the elbow. After a rehabilitation start following the surgery, swelling and stiffness developed, and, on July 19, the Cardinals announced that Carpenter required Tommy John surgery to replace the medial collateral ligament of the right elbow and would miss approximately another 10 to 12 months.
    From 2007–08, elbow problems persisted, causing Carpenter to miss nearly all of both seasons, and the Cardinals missed the playoffs in that period.
    More Details Hide Details He returned in 2009, helping leading the Cardinals to a Central division title.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    On December 4, 2006, the Cardinals announced they re-signed Carpenter to a five-year, US$65 million deal, keeping him with the team through 2011, with a $12 million option for 2012.
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    He became the third member of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff to gain his 100th career win in 2006, joining Jeff Suppan and Mark Mulder in a September 16 matchup against the San Francisco Giants.
    More Details Hide Details Facing former teammate Matt Morris for the first time, the Cardinals were victorious, 6–1. Carpenter used a newly evolved curveball over seven completed innings, allowing the lone run in the eighth inning. That run stopped a personal streak of 22 scoreless innings at home. Winning his third National League Player of the Week Award for the week ending September 16, he allowed just a .56 ERA with 15 SO and a 2–0 W–L. Included in those totals were the games against Houston and San Francisco. For the season, he posted a 3.09 ERA with 15 wins in IP. His three shutouts led the Major Leagues and 1.069 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) led the National League. With the Cardinals facing the Padres in the NLDS for the second consecutive season, Carpenter won both his starts and yielded a 2.03 ERA while striking out 12 in IP. He was less effective against the New York Mets in the NLCS, allowing a 5.73 ERA while losing one of two starts. Carpenter made his first World Series start in Game 3 against the Detroit Tigers on October 24 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He pitched eight shutout innings, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out six. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, that performance made him the first pitcher in Cardinals history to pitch eight innings and allow no walks and no more than three hits in a World Series contest.
    For the second consecutive season in 2006, Carpenter was the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.
    More Details Hide Details At Philadelphia on April 3, he earned the victory after posting five IP in a 13–5 margin. With nine strikeouts in six innings against the Cubs on April 8, he departed with a 2–0 lead, but earned a no-decision as the Cubs won, 3–2. In an April 14 contest against Cincinnati, he allowed just one run in eight innings, but Aaron Harang – who had the game-winning hit off Carpenter – and the bullpen muzzled the Cardinals on just five hits for a 1–0 Reds triumph. Carpenter stifled the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight scoreless innings on April 19 at PNC Park and allowed just a pair of hits. After thumping the leadoff hitter, he retired 15 consecutive batters before surrendering a single in the sixth inning. In that inning, he fanned Nate McLouth for his 1,000th career strikeout. Making his 200th career start against the Pirates on April 24, Carpenter earned the decision in a 7–2 win. On June 13 against the Pirates, he struck out a personal and club season-high 13 batters, allowing just three hits in a 2–1 win. He was voted to his second All-Star Game in July. He picked up his first victory against the last remaining club of whom he had not yet defeated – besides the Cardinals, whom he never faced in his career – the Atlanta Braves on July 4. He worked five innings in a rain-interrupted outing against the Braves on July 4 at Turner Field for that first career victory.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    While not a leader in any one major statistical category in 2005 – aside from leading MLB in CG – he was the only pitcher to finish in the top five in all MLB in the pitching Triple Crown categories (ERA, wins and SO).
    More Details Hide Details In road games, he went 12–1 in 15 starts with a 2.90 ERA, ranking fifth in the NL. The .923 winning percentage on the road is highest in franchise history for all pitchers with at least 10 wins on the road. He was the first Cardinals pitcher to strike out 200 in a season since José DeLeón in 1989. Finally healthy for an entire season, Carpenter pitched in the postseason for the first time in his career, debuting on October 4 against the Padres in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). In six shutout innings, he earned the win in an 8–5 margin, but left due to hand cramping. The Cardinals defeated the Padres in the NLDS but fell to the Astros in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). His combined postseason totals were a 2–0 record with a 2.14 ERA in 21 IP.
    The Cardinals called on Carpenter for his first Opening Day start for the club in 2005, and second of his career.
    More Details Hide Details He faced off against the Astros for his first for the Cardinals and second overall, allowing four hits in seven innings in a 7–3 win. On April 15, he signed a two-year extension through 2007 with a vesting option for 2008. He earned his first shutout in three years against the Chicago Cubs on April 21, and, on April 27, tied a career-high by striking out 12 Milwaukee Brewers in IP. On June 14, Carpenter hurled a one-hit shutout against the team that drafted him, the Blue Jays while striking out 10 in a 7–0 win. It was the 19th complete game one-hitter in Cardinals history. That contest launched the first of his 17 consecutive starts the Cardinals won, a streak that spanned until September 23. Other streaks coincided with that game. One was a 13-game personal winning streak with a 1.36 ERA over 16 starts, during which he yielded just 20 ER in IP. Second, he was the first pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to go undefeated in 16 consecutive starts, complete seven innings or more, and allow three or fewer runs in each game. Third, dating back to May 7, he also produced 22 consecutive quality starts. Fourth, he won his first twelve road starts of the season. Fifth, he was the first NL pitcher to win ten consecutive road outings since Bob Gibson in 1970.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    Fully recovered for the 2004 season, Carpenter became a regular in the Cardinals' starting rotation.
    More Details Hide Details The first 11 starts of his Cardinals career included a 3.42 ERA and a 7–1 record. On April 9, he earned his first Cardinals win and 50th of his career against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 13–7 score. He matched up against the Houston Astros and former Blue Jays rotation mate Roger Clemens on May 28, pitching eight scoreless innings while allowing just two hits. He did not factor in the decision as the Cardinals won 2–1 in 10 innings. In May, Carpenter started five games and was credited with 4–0 W–L as he allowed a 2.62 ERA; eventually his win streak reached six games. On July 5 against the Cincinnati Reds, he struck out eight including Adam Dunn for the 700th of his career in a 4–1 victory. He established a new career-high 13th win in the second game of an August 20 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In an August 26 rematch against Cincinnati, he struck out 11 in an eight-inning complete game, his only one of the season. Carpenter walked just 22 while striking out 113 in his last 19 starts. A nerve problem in his right biceps ended his season early in September.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    On November 3, 2003, the Cardinals declined Carpenter's option for 2004 worth $2 million, instead buying him out for $200,000 and making him a free agent again. The two sides negotiated on a new contract and resigned for $300,000 on December 3, 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    The St. Louis Cardinals signed Carpenter on December 13, 2002, while he was still recovering from elbow surgery in anticipation that he would be ready about the middle of the 2003 season.
    More Details Hide Details He made eight minor league starts as rehabilitation assignments before it was discovered that he had torn his labrum again after the pins anchoring it had destabilized. Scar tissue developed, necessitating further surgery and a DL stay for the remainder of the season.
    Carpenter landed on the DL in August for the third time in 2002, where he remained for the rest of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Shoulder surgery followed in September to repair a torn glenoid labrum. Surgeons inserted three tacks to anchor the labrum. He allowed four home runs in last 58 IP. Carpenter finished the year 4–5 with a 5.28 ERA. After the season – and plagues of injuries and control issues that did not fully resolve over his career in the Toronto organization – the Blue Jays removed him from the 40-man roster and offered him a minor league, incentive-based deal. Carpenter refused, allowing him to become a free agent.
    The Blue Jays named Carpenter their opening day starter for the first time in his career on April 1, 2002, at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.
    More Details Hide Details He was rocked in this start, recording innings and allowing six runs. He received a no-decision as Toronto prevailed, 12–11. The Blue Jays placed him on the DL due to a shoulder injury after that start. Making his second start on April 21, Carpenter lasted only three innings, allowing three runs against the New York Yankees. He took the loss as New York won, 9–2. However, he was back on the DL after that start due to shoulder tendonitis. After recovering, Carpenter made six rehab starts between Tennessee and Syracuse. He allowed seven HR in his first four starts covering 16. IP. Carpenter's first win of the season came against the Arizona Diamondbacks, after completing five innings and allowing two runs.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Beginning his 2001 season with 13 scoreless innings – a career high – he won his first start 11–0 against Tampa with 11 strikeouts (also a new career high).
    More Details Hide Details His April totals included a 3.15 ERA and 2–1 W–L. He tossed a six-hitter in a 4–0 victory over the White Sox on May 29 for his first complete game and shutout of the season. He gained three wins in May, his first three-win month since September, 1998. At the end of June, Carpenter had a 7–4 record with a 3.67 ERA. However, he lost his next seven decisions in ten starts from July 1 to August 19 to fall to 7–11 and a 4.59 ERA. During that stretch he allowed 12 home runs and 40 ER in IP for an ERA of 6.35. Lee Stevens became his 500th career strikeout casualty in a July 6 game against Montreal. The losing streak ended on August 24 with seven shutout innings against Baltimore. On September 4, his third CG of the season was a 14–0 defeat of the Yankees in a contest in which he set a career-high with 12 SO. He won his last four decisions in eight starts, allowing just 14 ER in 51 IP for a 2.52 ERA. He finished with a record of 11–11 and an ERA of 4.09. His 11 victories tied him with Esteban Loaiza and Paul Quantrill for the team high, and he was considered one of the Blue Jays' starters of the future along with Roy Halladay. Prior to the All-Star break, he was 7–5 with a 3.99 ERA.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    Carpenter battled through an injury-plagued 1999 season.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, he continued the skillful finish from the season before, allowing three or fewer ER in his first nine starts, and was credited with a 3–4 W–L and 3.02 ERA. His first loss of the season came in a 1–0 decision in Baltimore on April 10. His second start of the season resulted in an 11–1 complete game two-hitter at home on April 15 against Tampa Bay. For the month of April, his performance included a 2–1 W–L and 2.55 ERA. However, the results reversed in May; he was 1–4 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA. Pitching elbow inflammation stationed him on the DL from June 3–28. After returning to play, he won the next five decisions of eight starts through August 11. He shut out Tampa Bay on July 3, the third of his career, and allowed just three hits. His season output at the All-Star break was a 3.24 ERA with a 6–5 W–L. He remained effective in June and throughout July, allowing 20 ER in IP for a 3.62 ERA.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    Drafted two years apart, Halladay made his Major League debut for the Blue Jays one year after Carpenter in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details They met the year before while assigned with the Syracuse Chiefs and developed a competitive bond. Although they both pitched together in the Toronto rotation for four years, Carpenter had yet to achieve the success for which he is now recognized until after the Blue Jays released him following the 2002 season. That season, Halladay achieved a breakthrough with his first All-Star selection and winning 19 games with a 2.93 ERA.
    Performance struggles plagued Carpenter early in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details After just 10 innings with a combined 9.00 ERA in his first two starts, the Blue Jays moved him into the bullpen, where he remained until the end of May. On May 18, he totaled four innings and struck out six, which was a season-high for Toronto relievers. That stage included his total relief work for the season, where he made nine appearances and completed IP, allowing a 2.38 ERA and carrying a 1–0 record. After Carpenter returned to the starting rotation, he earned a four-hit complete game shutout on July 4 against the Tampa Bay, his first complete game and shutout of the season. Twelve days later, he struck out a season-high 10 – and then-career high – against the White Sox. Facing the Texas Rangers on August 4, he walked a career-high seven in an 11–9 loss. He won three games in a row from August 11–21. His September totals were a 3-0 W–L and 2.55 ERA in five starts and IP with just nine BB and 26 SO. Carpenter's finish to the season proved superior to the beginning; in eight of his final ten starts, he was charged three earned runs or fewer. His K/9 rate of 6.99 was tenth in the American League (AL). However, his home and road performances were uneven; at Toronto his ERA was 3.66 and his road ERA 5.24.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    Totaling 19 games started at Syracuse in 1997, he pitched 120 innings, allowed 113 hits, and a 4.20 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He posted 97 SO with 53 BB for a 1.83 K/BB, his best figure since playing at Medicine Hat. However, his home run (HR) rate jumped after surrendering 16 HR – a rate of 1.2 home runs per nine innings (HR/9). His previous high (.7) was at Knoxville in 1996. The Blue Jays recalled Carpenter from Syracuse on July 29, where he remained in the starting rotation for the balance of the season. Losing his first five MLB decisions, Carpenter defeated the Chicago White Sox 6–5 on August 19 for his first major league win. He pitched his first MLB complete game-shutout on September 9 in a 2–0 victory over the Anaheim Angels. In each of his final nine starts of the season, Carpenter lowered his season ERA with the Blue Jays. In that duration, he allowed 22 ER in 60 IP for a 3.30 ERA and was credited with a 3–3 W–L. He finished his rookie season with a 3–7 record and a 5.09 ERA.
    Carpenter made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut as a starter against the Minnesota Twins on May 12, 1997, completing three innings with eight hits, seven runs and three BB, while striking out five, in a 12–2 loss.
    More Details Hide Details His first strikeout victim was Paul Molitor. At 22 years and 18 days old, he became the sixth-youngest starting pitcher for the Blue Jays. After two more appearances with a 12.71 ERA and 0–2 W–L, he returned to Syracuse. Carpenter's second round at Syracuse consisted of 12 more starts, including a seven inning complete game - shutout against the Richmond Braves on May 28.
    In 1997, Baseball America promoted Carpenter's prospect ranking to 28th in the minor leagues.
    More Details Hide Details He started the season with the AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs of the International League, where he made his first seven starts of the season for a 3.88 ERA and 1–3 record. The Blue Jays purchased his contract on May 10, conferring his first major-league call-up.
  • 1995
    Age 19
    The Blue Jays promoted Carpenter to the Class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays of Florida State League in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Baseball America rated him the #100 prospect in all the minor leagues before the season. He made 15 starts and yielded a 2.17 ERA in IP. In thirteen of those starts, he yielded three or fewer earned runs (ER). However, he posted a poor strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) of 1.12, with 56 SO and 50 BB. After a promotion to the AA Knoxville Blue Jays of the Southern League, he struggled with a 5.18 ERA, 53 SO and 31 for 1.17 K/BB. Returning to Knoxville the next season, Carpenter's Baseball America rating moved up to #82 among all minor leaguers, and was third in the organization. Pitching against the Carolina Mudcats on May 17, he struck out six batters in the sixth and seventh innings, and 10 total in a 5–0 win. For the month of May, he was Knoxville's Pitcher of the Month after allowing a 1.91 ERA and a 3–0 W–L. He spent the entire season there, starting 28 games, pitching innings, allowing 161 hits, 75 earned runs, and 91 BB while striking out 150 and compiling a 1.61 K/BB. He struck out eight or more batters in nine different games and led the club in starts, IP and SO. The strikeout total tied him for third in club history behind Alex Sanchez' 166 recorded in 1988 and were third in the organization.
  • 1994
    Age 18
    He began his professional career in 1994 in Minor League Baseball with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the short-season Pioneer League.
    More Details Hide Details In his debut against the Great Falls Dodgers, he tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, fanning nine along the way. When he defeated the Lethbridge Mounties, he claimed the July 2 Pitcher of the Week award. His early success continued throughout the season as he finished with a 2.56 earned run average (ERA) with 80 strikeouts (SO), 39 bases on balls (BB) and 76 hits allowed in innings pitched (IP). He ended the season with a win–loss record (W–L) of 6–3 and turned in the league's third-lowest ERA. He was also picked as the Pioneer League's number-three prospect by league managers, behind Aaron Boone and Ray Brown.
  • 1993
    Age 17
    The Toronto Blue Jays selected Carpenter in the first round and 15th overall pick of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details He signed for $580,000. Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall, scouts saw potential in his size, projectability, low-90s fastball, and power curveball. However, he needed to develop his control and changeup – he consistently struggled with his control early in his career.
    In 1993, his senior campaign, he earned Athlete of the Year honors.
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    The Blue Jays selected Carpenter in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft from Trinity High School in New Hampshire, and he made his MLB debut in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details However, injuries and ineffectiveness delayed his career before the Blue Jays released him in 2002. After the Cardinals signed him, he emerged as an ace in 2004, winning the Cy Young Award in 2005 and helping lead the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. For much of his career, Carpenter relied on a cutter that produced a heavy bore and finished with a sharp drop, a 12-to-6 curveball and a sinker. Multiple injuries that were deemed career-threatening – including three surgeries on his elbow, two on his shoulder and another on his rib cage – caused Carpenter to miss nearly five full seasons. However, he rehabilitated and returned to pitch after each of these injuries. In nine seasons playing for the Cardinals, he won 95 regular-season games and compiled a 3.07 ERA in 197 starts and innings pitched. His .683 winning percentage during that period led the Major Leagues. In 18 postseason starts, he won 10 games with a 3.00 ERA over 108 innings.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    As a junior in 1992, his baseball team won the state championship.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected for The Boston Globe All-Scholastic team as a senior.
  • 1975
    Born on April 27, 1975.
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