Cy Young is in the Cards
Forget Dontrelle Willis. Forget Roger Clemens. The NL Cy Young race is over.
Chris Carpenter aced his final exam in Houston on Saturday night, becoming baseball’s first 20-game winner this year as St. Louis beat Clemens and the Astros, 4-2. Carpenter went the distance for an MLB-leading seventh time while winning his 12th straight decision.
Carpenter gave up two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out eight. He is 12-0 with 1.44 ERA in his last 14 starts with three shutouts and six complete games.
Carp is having a mindboggling season. He’s had quality starts in 26 of 28 outings, including his last 21 in a row. He’s 12-0 against National League Central teams. He’s unbeaten on the road. He reached 20 victories in just 28 starts, faster than any Cardinal pitcher since Dizzy Dean in 1934.
The Cardinals have won 24 of the right-hander’s 28 starts. He leads the league in wins, innings, complete games and winning percentage. He’s second in ERA and strikeouts. He is the first NL pitcher to win 10 straight road games since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson won 12 in 1970 and the first NL pitcher since Houston’s Mike Scott in 1986 to have 20 consecutive quality starts.
I hope Carpenter is a unanimous selection for the Cy Young Award. He definitely deserves it. Willis and Clemens have had nice seasons, but Carp’s season is off the chain.