Inside the Numbers - Chris Carpenter

Inside the Numbers - A Look at Carpenter's pursuit of the Cy Young Award.

The St. Louis Cardinals' staff Ace and Cy Young Award contender Chris Carpenter makes his 28th start in Houston Saturday against future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens.

Carpenter looks to extend his career-high winning streak to 12. He has won 11 of his last 14 starts with three no-decisions (11-0, 1.39 ERA), including a win in his last start Monday (8/29) when he allowed one run and seven hits in 7.2 innings of work at Floridas. Chris is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA (24.0 IP / 1 ER) in three starts this season vs. HOU, including an 8.0 IP 2-0 shutout and CG 3-0 shutout in his last start vs. HOU on 7/17.

He'll have his hands full with Roger Clemens who is 11-6 with an amazing 1.51 ERA. Clemens is considered the front runner for the Cy Young Award this season as he faces Carpenter Saturday.

A strong outing and a win from Carpenter could improve his chances of taking home the coveted award.

Chris is 11-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 13 starts vs. the NL central this year with St. Louis 13-0 in his starts vs. the central.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Chris Carpenter won his Major League leading 19th game Monday, his 11th straight victory. The last Cardinal pitcher to win more than 11 consecutive games was Bob Gibson who won a club-record 15 straight in 1968...John Tudor (1985) and Jason Marquis (2004) had 11-game winning streaks...Chris is 11-0 with a 1.39 ERA (116.1 IP / 18 ER) in his last 14 starts (three no-decisions) and has three shutouts and five complete games during his current win streak...opponents are batting just .171 (68-398) against him over this span while he has walked 16 and struck out 100...Carp has nine straight road wins, the first NL pitcher to accomplish the task since Bob Gibson in 1970 had 12 (MIN's Johan Santana had nine in 2004) and he is the first NL pitcher since Mike Scott in 1986 to have 20 consecutive quality starts (Santana had 21 in ‘04) (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau)...Chris ranks second in the majors behind Florida's Dontrelle Willis with four shutouts and is tied with Willis with six complete games...his 2.29 season ERA is second to Houston's Roger Clemens (1.51).

Carpenter could pick up his 20th win Saturday and to get it against Roger Clemens, well it just doesn't get any better than that and it could go a long way in bring that Cy Young Award home to St. Louis.

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