ST. LOUIS -- It remains to be seen what the Baseball Writers Association of America will have to say on the topic, but Chris Carpenter's peers have voted him as the top pitcher in the National League for 2005. The Sporting News
announced Tuesday that Carpenter was chosen NL Pitcher of the Year in balloting conducted by the magazine in September.
Carpenter, a leading candidate for Cy Young honors, enjoyed an amazing season in 2005. 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).
From June 8 to Sept. 23, Carpenter did not lose -- a run of 18 consecutive starts. The Cardinals didn't lose for a span of 17 straight Carpenter starts, and for 16 games in a row he went at least seven innings and never permitted more than three earned runs. Carpenter is bidding to become only the second pitcher in Cardinals history to win the Cy Young. He would join Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who won the award twice.