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.
Albert Pujols finished behind Atlanta's Andruw Jones and the Cubs' Derrek Lee in voting for Major League Player of the Year, but beat out Lee for first base on the publication's NL all-star team.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.