Carpenter, who'll draw the start in Wednesday's series finale, is leading the majors with his 2.87 ERA & is a close 6th among NL wins leaders with 13, just two wins shy of leader Brad Penny-LA.
Within striking distance of the league lead in wins, Carpenter may be able lead the league in wins, something that hasn't been accomplished by a Cardinals pitcher since Matt Morris did so in 2001 with 22.
Carpenter, whose 2.87 ERA is leading the senior circuit, is trying to become the Cardinals first N.L. ERA leader since Joe Magrane (2.18) in 1988.
Last season Carpenter enjoyed an amazing season. He won a career-high 21 games against just five losses, and posted a career-best 2.83 ERA. He ranked among the league leaders in wins (second), ERA (fifth), strikeouts (213, second), innings pitched (241 2/3, second), complete games (seven, tied for first) and shutouts (four, second).
This season, Carpenter is 13-6 with a 2.87 ERA, in 27 starts for the Redbirds to include three complete games and two shutouts.
In 2005 Carpenter received 19 of 32 first-place votes and finished with 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to win the Cy Young Award. Carpenter became the first Cardinals pitcher to claim the honor since Bob Gibson in 1970. Gibson is the only other St. Louis winner of the award, earning the award in 1968 and 1970.
A strong finish down the stretch and Carpenter may join company with one of the greatest, if not the greatest pitcher in St. Louis Cardinals history as the only two Cardinals to earn the Cy Young Award twice.