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.
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.
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.