Chris Carpenter is 11-0 since the beginning of July. In that time, he has held opponents to a batting line of .240/.286/.312, good for an OPS of .598. Basically, Chris Carpenter turns every major league hitter into a slightly more potent batter than this guy.
Chris Carpenter is one of only two pitchers in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals to have multiple 10-game winning streaks. Bob Gibson is the other. Dizzy Dean didn't do it. John Tudor didn't do it. Bob Forsch didn't do it. Jesse Haines didn't do it. Even the great Silver King didn't do it. Just Carp and Hoot.
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I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
Yesterday, Carpenter threw the best game a Cardinal pitcher has tossed this season, with a Game Score of 93. Going by that, the only better game thrown in the major leagues this year was Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter. In a year when Adam Wainwright has posted several truly remarkable performances and Joel Pineiro has thrown two shutouts of his own, Carpenter still somehow manages to be, by far, the most impressive pitcher in the rotation.