Chris Carpenter: The Second Coming of Sandy Koufax?

Posted: 12th September 2009 by Sam Fogelgaren in MLB
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As of this morning, the St. Louis Cardinals are 84-58, 10.5 games in front of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.  How have they achieved this success? One may attribute it to the MVP caliber season of Albert Pujols, the trade deadline acquisition of Matt Holliday, or the amazing pitching of Adam Wainwright. Or Chris Carpenter. The 34-year-old is 16-3, with a league leading 2.16 ERA in 24 starts this season. One may remember Chris Carpenter for his 2005 Cy Young season, when he went 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA. You may also remember him for his 2004 and 2006 campaigns, when he went a combined 30-13 over 60 starts.  You probably don't remember him with the Toronto Blue Jays. A first round pick of the Jays in 1993, Carpenter was just 49-50 with a 4.83 ERA over six seasons ...

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