Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Chris Carpenter
Wilson (0-2, 8.04 ERA in playoffs): The lefty is looking for his first win of the 2011 postseason after pitching just 15 2/3 innings in three starts, including one in the ALDS and two in the ALCS. ... Wilson's last start was Game 5 of the ALCS at Comerica Park in Detroit. He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings in a 7-5 Rangers loss. ... Wilson allowed three home runs and has allowed six homers in the playoffs. He gave up 16 homers in 223 1/3 innings in the regular season. ... Wilson has never faced the Cardinals. ... In his lone World Series start in 2010, Wilson pitched six innings and allowed two runs on three hits in a loss to San Francisco.
Carpenter (2-0, 3.71 ERA in playoffs): The 36-year-old made one start in the NLCS and didn't have his best stuff, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings in Game 3. But he got the win. ... Carpenter's best postseason start was Game 5 of the NLDS against the Phillies. He fired a three-hit, complete-game shutout in that elimination start, pushing the Cardinals into the NLCS. He needed just 110 pitches to do it. ... Carpenter has made 12 career postseason starts and is 7-2 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. ... Carpenter has faced Texas 12 times (11 starts), but the last time was back on June 12, 2004, in Arlington. It was not a memorable start for him as Carpenter gave up seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Hitters: Mike Napoli is 3-for-3 with a HR and three RBIs off Carpenter in his career. ... Endy Chavez is 0-for-11. ... The only other Rangers player with multiple hits against him is Michael Young, who is 2-for-6. ... Lance Berkman is 3-for-13 against Wilson with four RBIs. ... Corey Patterson, Nick Punto and Ryan Theriot are each 1-for-4 off the lefty.
Game 2, Thurs. at STL: Colby Lewis (1-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (0-2, 5.71 ERA), 7:05 p.m., FOX/ESPN 103.3 FM
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