Monday, October 24, 2011
Matchup: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- This could well be the final game for LHP C.J. Wilson with the Texas Rangers. He takes the mound for Game 5 of the World Series looking for his first 2011 postseason victory. He'll be opposed by St. Louis Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter, who pitched well in Game 1 and took the victory. Tonight's game starts at 7:05 p.m. and is broadcast on Fox and 103.3 FM ESPN.
Here's a closer look at the matchup:
Carpenter (3-0, 3.52 ERA in playoffs): The Cardinals have won Carpenter's last four starts and that means he keeps his teams close. That was the case in Game 1 when the Cards pulled out a 3-2 victory. Carpenter went six innings before being lifted for pinch-hitter Allen Craig, who drove in the winning run. Carpenter allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four. ... Carpenter has actually fared better on the road during the postseason with an ERA of 3.00, more than a point lower than his home ERA. Over two road starts, he's allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks and five strikeouts.
Wilson (0-3, 7.17 ERA in playoffs): A longer stint seemed to be in the cards for Wilson in Game 1 as Wilson worked his way out of six walks and a hit batter. But, he got in a deep mess he couldn't escape in the sixth inning and manager Ron Washington pulled him with two outs in favor of Alexi Ogando, who allowed the inherited runner to score and Wilson picked up his third postseason loss. In five postseason starts, Wilson has yet to get past six innings and he made it through six just once. He's allowed 17 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings and has 13 walks to just 15 strikeouts.
Hitting: David Freese and Matt Holliday doubled off Wilson in Game 1 and Nick Punto singled. ... Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Carpenter to tie Game 1. Adrian Beltre doubled and singled and Ian Kinsler singled.