Game 118 Thread / Cardinals @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Chris Carpenter||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 1.00, 4 K, 2 BB, 9 IP||12-5, 2.93, 133 K, 59 BB, 150.2 IP|
|CF||*Skip Schumaker||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|LF||Joe Mather||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|1B||Albert Pujols||1B||Derrek Lee|
|RF||Ryan Ludwick||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||Troy Glaus||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|C||Yadier Molina||2B||Mark DeRosa|
||*Adam Kennedy||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Chris Carpenter||SS||Ronny Cedeno|
|SS||#Cesar Izturis||P||Ryan Dempster|
Amazing game, this baseball.
Just two days ago, we were aglow over the possibility that this weekend set could end with the Cardinals nine games behind the Cubs and all but out of the NL Central race. Then on Saturday the league's highest-scoring road team bludgeoned the Cubs' nominal pitching ace and suddenly, St. Louis has a chance to win this series and close to within five games of first place with the Brewers once again also breathing down the Cubs' necks.
The Sunday Night ESPN Game features a matchup between two members of the Tommy John Surgery Alumni Club, Chris Carpenter and Ryan Dempster.
Carpenter, 13 months removed from his procedure, makes his third start of the year tonight. He threw five shutout innings at the Dodgers last Tuesday, requiring just 51 pitches to to buzz through the 15 outs. He's 7-2, 3.07 in 13 career starts against the Cubs; at Wrigley, he's 5-1, 3.88.
Alfonso Soriano, who has never faced Carpenter as a member of the Cubs, is 10-for-25 (.400) lifetime against the righty, with a pair of homers. On the other hand, in a combined 72 lifetime ABs against Carpenter, Lee and Ramirez together have just 1 HR and 5 RBI.
Dempster, who underwent TJS in August of '03, was beaten by the Astros on Electrical Storm Night last Monday. He is making his first start against the Redbirds since back in April of '05, when he also got the nod for the Cubs against Carpenter and was on the wrong end of a 4-0 final score.
|Records Following "Tommy John Surgery"|
|Chris Carpenter (2008—Current)||2||9||0-0|
|Ryan Dempster (2004—Current)||250||405||21-25|
|Tommy John (1976-1989)||405||2545||164-125|