Â Great win last night, boys!Â Lets keep it rollin with our Ace on the mound.Â Today at 1:00 pm, the Mets (35-33) will hope to win three out of four against the Cardinals (40-33).Â Standing in their way will be veteran (RHP) Chris Carpenter.Â Here’s the skinny on Carpenter (5-1 1.53 ERA 0.72 WHIP)…
Full Name: Â Christopher John Carpenter
Born: Â April 27,1975 Â inÂ Exeter, New Hampshire
Height: Â 6-6Â Â Weight: Â 225Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Trinity (Manchester, New Hampshire)
College: Â None
Drafted: Â Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 1st Round (15th overall) of 1993 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Lifetime Record (105-71 3.99 ERA 1.31WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
“Despite missing nearly a month with a strained rib cage muscle earlier this season, Carpenter is making a case to be on the mound on July 14 in the All-Star Game at Busch Stadium. Carpenter was nearly flawless in his last start on Saturday against the Royals. He pitched seven scoreless innings before allowing a run across in the eighth. Carpenter exited after allowing one run on three hits in 7 2/3 innings. Carpenter’s fifth victory of the season came one start after he suffered his first loss on June 14 against Cleveland, and the Cardinals’ staff leader has allowed just 10 earned runs in nine starts.”
Â *** The last time the Mets faced Carpenter was all the way back on Opening Day 2007.Â He went 6 innings and allowed 5 earned runs in the Mets 6-1 victory.Â Carpenter missed the entire season after that.
“Carpenter was sidelined with elbow problems and the team announced on May 5, 2007 that he would need Tommy John Surgery and another surgery to trim bone spurs. As Carpenter was attempting to return from elbow surgery, further problems developed and on July 19, 2007 the Cardinals announced that his season was over.
On July 30, 2008, Carpenter made his first Major League start since Opening Day 2007, 486 days, against the Atlanta Braves. He lasted four innings, gave up one run on five hits (all singles), walking two and striking out two, on 67 pitches (36 strikes). Though Carpenter got the no decision, the Cardinals went on to win the game 7-2.”
In hisÂ previous 2Â outingsÂ -
(Jun 14, 2009) Carpenter allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Indians.
The loss was Carpenter’s first since Aug. 10. He missed a month earlier this year after straining a left rib cage muscle while batting. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner was 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his first seven starts of the season.(STATS, 6:56pm)
(Wed. Jun 10, 2009) After giving up a combined three runs in his first six starts this season, Carpenter allowed three runs in six innings Tuesday night in Florida but did not factor in the decision in a 4-3 loss.
Carpenter (4-0, 1.23 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA since returning from a strained ribcage muscle. He is scheduled to pitch Sunday night in Cleveland, and Carpenter has not faced the Indians since June 28, 2006. He is 2-0 with a 3.47 ERA in his last four starts versus Cleveland.(STATS, 1:42pm)
According to Foxsports,
“Carpenter is known to have five quality pitches and throws two and four-seam fastballs in the 90-93 mph range consistently. He is known to have one of the better curveballs in baseball and has excellent command over his cutter and circle-change up. He is known as being unpredictable to opposing batters in his pitching pattern, as he will throw any of his pitches at any time.”
Scouting Report courtesy of thebaseballcube,Â
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
***According to baseball-reference, over a career, Â Chris Carpenter is most similar to Brad Penny.***