On this date 10 years ago the Toronto Blue Jays helped the Cardinals win three National League pennants and two World Series.
And by the end of this anniversary, hopefully that club's decision to release Chris Carpenter will put the Redbirds one step closer to increasing both totals.
Carpenter, who started on opening day 2002 for Toronto, missed most of the season with a shoulder injury which prompted his unceremonious release. A pair of former Blue Jays, pitcher Woody Williams and catcher Mike Matheny, prompted the St. Louis front office to take a flier on the tall right-handed starter and quickly snapped him up with a contract for the 2003 season that included an option for 2004.
He missed the entire 2003 campaign. But Carpenter was 15-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 2004 and led the Cardinals to a World Series appearance against the Red Sox before weakness in his shoulder forced him to miss the Fall Classic. In 2005 he came back even stronger, winning 21 games and losing five with a 2.83 ERA. The performance was good enough to bring home the National League Cy Young Award.
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Carpenter is 95-44 with St. Louis and has a 3.07 ERA as a Cardinals pitcher. He's 9-2 with a 3.05 ERA in the post-season with the Redbirds.