Friday, August 21, 2009
At the beginning of this season it is safe to say that nobody in St. Louis truly knew what they were going to get out of Chris Carpenter. With the amount of injury problems he's had in the recent years and his struggles to return from them, how exactly could you. Then after he left his second start with another injury and another trip to the Disabled List, panic mode once again set in in the city of the Arch.
Now we sit in the middle of August and Chris Carpenter looks like his old self. He's mowing down hitters left and right and picking up wins at every turn. Carpenter has won four in a row during the month of August and overall it would be 9 in a row had Ryan Franklin not blown a 1 run lead to the Astros in late July. He's been arguably the most consistent pitcher in the National League having the leagues highest Quality Start %, the league's best ERA, and the league's second best WHIP.
Chris Carpenter is officially back, and is arguably the biggest reason why the Cardinals have gone from out of the playoffs last year to seven games in the lead this season.