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Showing posts with label Chris Carpenter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chris Carpenter. Show all posts

Ron Washington Sends Matt Harrison to the Hill for Game 7 Against Chris Carpenter



The Texas Rangers were just one strike away from their first World Series Championship not once, but twice Thursday night in what ended up being one of the most exciting Fall Classic games in baseball history.

We can't really tell whether it was a Rangers bullpen meltdown, or a surging St. Louis Cardinals comeback, but either way for an 11th-inning walkoff bomb by hometown boy David Freese for a 10-9 victory to force a Game 7 at Busch Stadium.

Rangers Meet Lance Berkman and Allen Craig, Drop World Series Game 1 to Cardinals



Chris Carpenter came up big over six solid innings Wednesday night -- including a nice diving defensive play in the first for which Elvis Adrus deserves a thank you gift for not crushing the pitcher's right hand -- to help his St. Louis Cardinals earn a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series.

After three scoreless innings pitched by both Carpenter and C.J. Wilson, it was looking like quite the pitcher's duel. But with Matt Holliday on second after a double that moved Albert Pujols to third after being hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth, Lance Berkman nailed an RBI single to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead.

C.J. Wilson Meets Chris Carpenter for Game 1 of the World Series



Oh my gosh it's World Series time. Finally. Those two days without baseball sucked.

C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers are already in St. Louis getting all geared up for Game 1 against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals tonight at 8:05pm ET on FOX.

You know, something about C.J. bothers me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I never have trusted a man who doesn't drink. However, I might change my mind and give him the benefit of the doubt if he pitches a 1-0 shutout and one of his teammates rips his jersey off.

The Rangers are Headed to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the World Series



At last, the Rally Claw meets the . Wonder who would win in a bench-clearing brawl...

The Texas Rangers didn't have to wait very long to see who they'd end up facing in the 2011 World Series. Just a day after they beat the Detroit Tigers to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in Game 6 to send the Milwaukee Brewers packing for the offseason.

This matchup is going to be pretty awesome, pitting All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton against Albert Pujols, while guys like Nelson Cruz and David Freese have become household names as Championship Series MVP's. Then there's the relief corps, which can clearly handle just about any task put in their paths as the starters from both sides have been less than reliable recently.

Albert Pujols, Cardinals Tie up NLCS in 12-3 Rout of Brewers


“Sometimes, you’re going to get spanked a little bit.” - Nyjer Morgan

Thanks to five RBI by Albert Pujols and some additional run support from guys like David Freese and Nick Punto, the St. Louis Cardinals evened up the National League Championship Series at a game a-piece with a 12-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night.

After producing just one run in his team's first six postseason games this year, Pujols went 4-for-5 with a home run and three doubles to power St. Louis past Milwaukee. That must have felt pretty good after screwing up royally during Game 1 when he hit into a broken-bat double play representing the tying run in the seventh.

Rickie Weeks nailed a two-run shot in the fourth and Ryan Braun went 2-for-4, but failed to drive in any runs. Prince Fielder did his part with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth, but unfortunately for the Brew Crew, it was too little, too late. Nyjer Morgan and all of his trash-talk is 0-for-4 against the Cards so far this round.

Both bullpens got a lot of work in after both starters were chased in the fourth inning. Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum looked just plain ugly out there, coughing up five runs on seven hits and taking the loss. St. Louis starter Edwin Jackson surrendered the Weeks homer along with seven hits and a walk before his exit in the fourth.

The Cards are headed home for Game 3 Wednesday evening with ace Chris Carpenter on the hill against Yovani Gallardo at 8:05pm ET on TBS.

[USA Today]

Will the Brewers and Cardinals Go all Bush League on Each Other in the NLCS?



Remember back in August 2010 when then-Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was rounding the bases in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals and smashed into catcher Bryan Anderson for no good reason as he crossed the plate? I say for no good reason because he scored standing up and there was no attempt at a play. Not very nice, and I'm pretty sure Cardinals fans didn't forget about that move. In a totally unrelated incident a few days later, Morgan went berserk during the entire series against the Florida Marlins. He separated Brett Hayes' shoulder on a hard play at the plate during one game before charging the mound and taking a swing at Chris Volstad the next night. Yikes.

Fast forward to a year later on August 1, 2011 and Morgan is now enjoying an exciting season with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are holding a two-game lead on the Cardinals. He's just nailed a three-run double to center field off Chris Carpenter, whose abs we'd like to wash our laundry on. Of course, Morgan gets a little excited and maybe a little cocky and does this fist-pumpy thing directly at the Cardinals' dugout. Hilarious, but not cool. Also not cool? Tony La Russa accusing the folks at Miller Park of altering the stadium's lighting to give the opposition a disadvantage. Give me a break.


NLDS Game 5: Chris Carpenter 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0



Let the keyword searches for "Shirtless Chris Carpenter" commence. (Thank you Nick Punto). It's amazing what seeing a man's abs can do for a girl...as if tossing a three-hit, complete game shutout to carry your team to the National League Championship Series in a must-win Game 5 isn't sexy enough.

Carpenter was out of control. Lights out. In command. Determined to pitch that entire game, and probably thrilled as hell that his teammates managed even one run off his offseason fishing buddy Roy Halladay.


David Freese Drives in Four Runs, Cardinals Force NLDS Game 5


It was the David Freese Show Wednesday night in St. Louis, with the third baseman hitting a home run and a double for a total of four RBI to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Phillies 5-3 and force a deciding Game 5 back in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

After going 2-for-12 with just one RBI over the first three games of the series, Freese nailed a two-run double in the fourth inning before his two-run bomb to deep center in the sixth. Also, the hot corner had the the most awesome quote of the postseason so far:

"We're going to come to the yard and give it a hard nine."

Hell yeah buddy.

Lance Berkman, who's looking more and more like Fat Elvis these days -- especially when he runs, smoked a double in the first to score a run as well, before being allowed third base on a Shane Victorino throwing error.

Edwin Jackson was sucking it up early, but he recovered to win his very first playoff start ever. It was a momentous occasion for him. After serving up two longballs on his first five pitches, it was not looking good for the Cardinals starter, but he ended up tossing six solid innings, giving up just those two runs on five hits with four strikeouts.

Then, in true Tony La Russa fashion, five relievers finished the game, with closer Jason Motte being the only one to pitch an entire inning all by himself.

Game 5 is Friday night at 8:37pm ET on TBS, featuring a rematch of Cy Young-winning aces Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter. This is going to be a great contest, and it's literally anyone's game. So don't miss it.

[Usa Today]

Cardinals Rally Past Phillies, Cliff Lee is Human After All


The Philadelphia Phillies, as damn near unbeatable as they've been all season, were unable to stop the St. Louis Cardinals from rallying for a 5-4 win Sunday night to even up the National League Division Series at 1-1.

The Amazing Cliff Lee blew a four-run lead against the NL Wild Card winners, giving up five runs on 12 hits with nine strikeouts in 6-plus innings to lose his third consecutive playoff start. He's now 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA over his last three outings... looks like he's human after all.

St. Louis took the lead in the seventh when Allen Craig led off with a triple thanks to a botched catch by center fielder Shane Victorino. Then Albert Pujols, who had struck out in his previous two at bats, lined one over Jimmy Rollins' head to give his team the 5-4 lead.

8.01.2011

Brewers Win Seventh Straight, Crush Chris Carpenter


The Milwaukee Brewers are on a roll.

With the best home record in the major leagues at 40-14, the club rolled over Chris Carpenter's stripey socks and the St. Louis Cardinals Monday with a 6-2 rally. And after going 40-41 at Miller Park all last year, this is a welcome change.

In a matchup of two former Cy Young winners, the Brewers managed only one hit off Carpenter before the fifth inning. Suddenly, the first six batters reached including Nyjer Morgan, who nailed a go-ahead three-run double.

Meanwhile, Zack Greinke allowed a first-inning, two-run homer to Matt Holliday, but his offense pulled it off to give the righty his ninth win.

8.10.2010

Benches Clear After Phillips Pops Off

A day after Brandon Phillips referred to the St. Louis Cardinals as a bunch of bitches, the dugouts and bullpens emptied in Cincinnati.

During the first inning of their Tuesday night game, the second baseman got into it with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the batter's box. Phillips took off his helmet and Molina removed his mask as things got heated.

Both benches and bullpens cleared, and a shoving-match ensued as Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker yelled at each other among the players before they both were ejected.

Dodgers Overcome Wolf's Craptastic Start

Chris Carpenter wasn't his average badass self on Wednesday. Neither was perennial All-Star Albert Pujols, who went 0-for-3.

Carpenter got off to a slow start in his St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up runs in three of his five innings. He issued four walks and needed 105 pitches to get just 15 outs. Yikes.

Matt Kemp homered for LA, Rafael Furcal enjoyed a three-hit evening with a run scored and one driven in, and the bullpen overcame Randy Wolf's short start.

Both teams stranded 30 runners combined, which is a division series record. They also took a grueling 3 hours and 54 minutes to complete play. Also a ridiculous record.

7.20.2007

Enjoy Your Vacation, Carpenter


Much to the St. Louis Cardinals' dismay, injured ace Chris Carpenter has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery this week, keeping him away from the game into a good chunk of next season.

The 2005 Cy Young winner and 2006 World Series anchor is expected to have the right-elbow ligament replacement procedure early next week.

Carpenter's last start came in the season opener, where he allowed five New York Mets runs in six innings before landing on the disabled list April 2nd. He then had arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone spurs in early May, but the elbow began feeling stiff and swollen following a rehab start in the minors earlier this month.

Without left-handers Mark Mulder and Todd Wellemeyer and righty Josh Kinney - all on the DL - St. Louis starters are 25-44 through the first 92 games of this season.

Crappy.

[Columbia Missourian]

5.05.2007

Chris Carpenter Out Until August

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Chris Carpenter will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to trim giant bone spurs that have caused incessant swelling in his pitching elbow. Apparently, tests have shown the spurs to be comparable to the profile of a mountain range with fluid in the area.

Carpenter had been on the 15-day DL since April 10th, just nine days after he was roughed up for five runs over six innings in the season-opening loss to the New York Mets. He was actually supposed to start on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, but experienced swelling, stiffness and loss of motion after throwing a 60-pitch simulated game last Tuesday.

4.10.2007

Chris Carpenter Placed on the DL


St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed arthritis and an impingement in his right elbow. Limited to one start this season, Carpenter will rest for likely the next two weeks until he is re-examined by team doctors. His condition can sometimes require surgery but may also be taken care of by rest and treatment. The club would obviously prefer the latter.

An impingement happens when a thin layer of membrane lining the elbow gets snagged in the joint. Ouch! The problem is relatively common among athletes and arthroscopic surgery can repair the often painful injury if initial treatment is not successful.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in six innings during a 6-1 loss to the New York Mets in the big league season-opener April 1st. With Carpenter unable to make his previously scheduled start Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, lefty Randy Keisler (who looks like a young Sly Stallone) was called up from AAA Memphis to fill in.

The 30-year-old Keisler signed with the Cards as a free agent during the offseason and had no decisions with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games last season with the Oakland Athletics. He is 4-4 with a 6.82 ERA in 51 games over five major league seasons, including 17 starts.

[MLB]

4.04.2007

Chris Carpenter Scratched From Start


The world champion St. Louis Cardinals' already unstable rotation has taken another hit with ace Chris Carpenter missing at least his next start with right elbow inflammation.

After the club's season opening loss to the New York Mets, he felt tightness in his elbow, which turned to swelling the following morning. Carpenter was set to start Friday against the Houston Astros but will skip the game as a precautionary measure and will get checked out over the next few days.

The Cards lost starters Jeff Suppan, Jeff Weaver and Jason Marquis as free agents in the offseason and replaced them in the starting five with relievers Adam Wainwright and Braden Looper along with free agent Kip Wells, who was out with injuries most of last season. Righty Anthony Reyes rounds out the rotation.

As the 2005 Cy Young winner, Carpenter went 15-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 32 starts last season.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

3.31.2007

A Cure For Spring Fever

The regular season officially kicks off Sunday with an exciting National League matchup of the New York Mets vs. the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Believe me buddies, we are PUMPED.

One week after his 41st birthday, Tom Glavine will start the Mets season opener for the fourth time in five seasons - the eighth time in his career. The veteran lefty has a 4-3 record in seven Openers and a 2-1 record with the Mets.

Glavine has had a pretty great spring, and a victory over the Cards on Sunday would put him within nine wins of 300. He won his only decision against them in the regular season and split two playoff starts against them last fall.

With a couple more wins and added support from the offense and bullpen, Chris Carpenter would have won a second straight Cy Young Award in 2006.

The righty has some nasty stuff, disciplined command and extreme durability with an arsenal of four pitches, all for strikes - fastball, curveball, cutter and changeup. He attempted to polish his change this spring, which wasn't necessary for one of the best righties in the game.

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