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Carpenter invaluable to Cardinals, on the field and off

Originally Published: September 8, 2009
ESPN.com

Jeff Curry/US Presswire

Chris Carpenter leads the NL in ERA (2.16) and is second in wins (16) and WHIP (.097).

By Rick Sutcliffe, ESPN

Chris Carpenter has been red-hot the past couple of months. But he's been nearly as valuable on his days off. Like Trevor Hoffman or Roy Halladay, Carpenter makes everyone around him better.

His leadership and ability to say the right thing at the right time around the clubhouse or dugout make ...

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