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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Serious Number of Amazing Things About Chris Carpenter

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:51 AM

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  • Carpenter's winning percentage this year of .842 is 5th highest all-time in Cardinal history. He trails only Howie Krist in 1941 (1.000), Eddie Yuhas in 1952 (.857), and a tie at .846 between Elton Chamberlain's 1888 season and -- wait for it -- Mark Petkovsek in 1996. No, I didn't see that one coming, either. By the way, did you know Petkovsek was a first-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers back in 1987? 
  • Carp is the all-time franchise leader in winning percentage (.744), WHIP (1.068), ERA+ (147), and strikeout to walk ratio (4.120:1). He's 8th in hits per nine, 6th in walks per nine, and 3rd in strikeouts per nine. 
  • According to ESPN's Cy Young Predictor, Carpenter should be considered the favorite to bring home his second Cy Young Award. Oddly enough, he and Wainwright are 1-2, while Tim Lincecum, the pitcher most consider to be the best in baseball and the guy I personally think is the favorite, is actually in fourth place behind Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. Of course, the Cy Young Predictor isn't actually a formula to determine who should win the award, but only who history tells us is most likely to win the award. Carpenter is already one of only two Cardinal pitchers to ever win a Cy Young award; if he wins again this year he'll also be one of only two Cardinal pitchers to ever win two Cy Young awards. The other? You even have to ask? Bob Gibson. 

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