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ST. LOUIS -- When it mattered, Chris Carpenter was at his best.

Carpenter, who was unbeatable from early June until well into September, was named the National League's Cy Young Award winner on Thursday, giving the Cardinals their first Cy Young since 1970. The New Hampshire native edged out Florida's Dontrelle Willis in the closest vote since 1998.

 

Carpenter received 132 points in the 5-3-1 voting system used by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Out of 32 ballots, the right-hander received 19 first-place votes and 12 second-place mentions, with just one voter placing him third.

 

Willis, the league leader in wins, finished second and was the only other pitcher named on every ballot. The Marlins lefty received 112 points on 11 first-place votes, 18 second-place and three third-place tallies. Clemens, who paced the league in ERA, was a distant third with 40 points (two first-place, two second-place, 24 third-place).

 

No other pitcher received any higher than a third-place vote. Roy Oswalt of Houston was third on two ballots, and the Nationals' Chad Cordero and the Astros' Andy Pettitte received one mention each.

 

Carpenter finished the season with a 21-5 record, 2.83 ERA and 213 strikeouts against 51 walks over 241 2/3 innings pitched. He racked up seven complete games and four shutouts and ranked in the top 10 in the league in at least 12 different pitching categories.

 

Following a loss to Boston on June 8, Carpenter went on one of the most amazing runs baseball has seen in quite a long time. In each of his next 16 starts, Carpenter lasted at least seven innings and allowed no more than three earned runs, and the Cardinals won all 16 games. He totaled 17 straight starts without the Cardinals losing, and 18 in a row without being charged with a defeat himself.

 

His numbers tailed off a bit over his final starts, as Carpenter lost a bit of focus after the Cardinals secured their second straight National League Central championship. Willis passed Carpenter in wins and ERA, inserting himself back into the discussion after a July slump. Clemens, meanwhile, was utterly dominant in what he could control, posting a ridiculous 1.87 ERA at tricky Minute Maid Park. However, he fell 30 innings short of the other two candidates. Probably more important to voters, a serious dearth of run support limited the future Hall of Famer to 13 wins.

 

Carpenter is the second pitcher in Cardinals history to win the Cy Young, joining Bob Gibson, who won the award in 1968 and 1970. It was the third award for Carpenter this fall, following recognition as NL pitcher of the year by The Sporting News and in the Players' Choice Awards.

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Cy Young goes to Carpenter

BY DERRICK GOOLD

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

11/10/2005

 

 

 

One of the most dominant stretches by a National League pitcher in the past 35 years was enough to carry Chris Carpenter to the Cardinals' first Cy Young award in the same span.

 

Carpenter, the only NL pitcher to finish in the top five in wins, ERA and strikeouts, was voted as the best pitcher in the league by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The award was announced Thursday afternoon, and Carpenter outdistanced Florida?s Dontrelle Willis and Houston?s Roger Clemens in a vote of 32 baseball writers.

 

Carpenter?s season was rich with milestones:

 

* At 21-5, he was the first Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.

 

* With 213 strikeouts, he was the first Cardinal since Jose DeLeon in 1989 to strike out more than 200 batters.

 

* He?s one of three Cardinals to win 13 games by the All-Star break, and his 10 consecutive road victories early in the season made him the first NL player to do so since Gibson won 12 in 1970.

 

But it was streaks that echoed Gibson?s 1970 and 1968 seasons that most likely caught the eye of Cy Young voters.

 

Over a 16-game stretch through the heart of the 2005 season, Carpenter was unbeaten at 13-0 and the Cardinals did not lose one of his starts.

 

He went 22 consecutive starts of at least six innings during which he allowed no more than three earned runs. That stretch of quality starts was the longest since Gibson?s run of 22 in 1968. In 19 of those starts, Carpenter went at least seven innings and 16 times he allowed two or fewer earned runs.

 

It was a span of such sheer dominance that even his brief stumble after the Cardinals clinched the division title could not cost him the Cy Young.

 

Carpenter finished the season ranked second in wins (21), fifth in ERA (2.83) and second in strikeouts (213). He tossed four shutouts, including a one-hitter against his former team, Toronto.

 

Earlier this month he had been voted by his peers as the best pitcher in the NL league, and this windfall of honors comes just two seasons after his career was in jeopardy because of continuing arm troubles and multiple surgeries.

 

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Cy Young goes to Carpenter

BY DERRICK GOOLD

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

11/10/2005

 

 

 

One of the most dominant stretches by a National League pitcher in the past 35 years was enough to carry Chris Carpenter to the Cardinals' first Cy Young award in the same span.

 

Carpenter, the only NL pitcher to finish in the top five in wins, ERA and strikeouts, was voted as the best pitcher in the league by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The award was announced Thursday afternoon, and Carpenter outdistanced Florida's Dontrelle Willis and Houston's Roger Clemens in a vote of 32 baseball writers.

 

Carpenter's season was rich with milestones:

 

* At 21-5, he was the first Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.

 

* With 213 strikeouts, he was the first Cardinal since Jose DeLeon in 1989 to strike out more than 200 batters.

 

* He's one of three Cardinals to win 13 games by the All-Star break, and his 10 consecutive road victories early in the season made him the first NL player to do so since Gibson won 12 in 1970.

 

But it was streaks that echoed Gibson's 1970 and 1968 seasons that most likely caught the eye of Cy Young voters.

 

Over a 16-game stretch through the heart of the 2005 season, Carpenter was unbeaten at 13-0 and the Cardinals did not lose one of his starts.

 

He went 22 consecutive starts of at least six innings during which he allowed no more than three earned runs. That stretch of quality starts was the longest since Gibson's run of 22 in 1968. In 19 of those starts, Carpenter went at least seven innings and 16 times he allowed two or fewer earned runs.

 

It was a span of such sheer dominance that even his brief stumble after the Cardinals clinched the division title could not cost him the Cy Young.

 

Carpenter finished the season ranked second in wins (21), fifth in ERA (2.83) and second in strikeouts (213). He tossed four shutouts, including a one-hitter against his former team, Toronto.

 

Earlier this month he had been voted by his peers as the best pitcher in the NL league, and this windfall of honors comes just two seasons after his career was in jeopardy because of continuing arm troubles and multiple surgeries.

 

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ahh ok so he won? gotcha! :thumbup

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I will take the guy with a better ERA and more wins.

 

 

will you also take the guy with five more losses and lower K count, higher WHIP, higher opponent batting average, lower IP?

 

I'm not trying to sound like I'm rubbing it in, but I'm just saying that Carpenter deserved this just as much as Willis did. Frankly I'm surprised that the voters didn't go for Clemens because of his ERA but I guess that frowned on alot of short outtings.

 

I really thought it was a toss up between all three pitchers, it had to land somewhere and it just something about Chris appealed to the voters.

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Carp Speaks:

 

NEW YORK (Ticker) - A year after winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award, Chris Carpenter captured baseball's most prestigious pitching honor.

 

Carpenter on Thursday became the second member of the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL Cy Young Award, joining two-time winner Bob Gibson, who was honored in 1968 and 1970.

 

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Carpenter said in a conference call on Thursday. "You think of how many great pitchers in the Cardinals organization and to be the only one beside Mr. Gibson to win a Cy Young is crazy. To be in this company is crazy."

 

"I went from not knowing if I was going to play to winning Comeback Player of the Year last year," Carpenter said. "To come back and win this award means a lot to me."

 

"I voted for Dontrelle for the Player's Choice award and Sporting News award (for best pitcher)," Carpenter said. "I thought he was consistent throughout the season."

 

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