With his dominance of the Reds this season, Chris Carpenter matched a mark no other Cardinals pitcher had accomplished in 44 years.
Carpenter is the first St. Louis pitcher to compile a 5-0 record against a team during a season since Bob Gibson and Larry Jaster did it in 1966.
Gibson was 5-0 with a 1.22 ERA against the Cubs in 1966 and Jaster was 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA (5 shutouts) against the Dodgers that same season.
Carpenter is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Reds.
Until this year, Carpenter never had gone 5-0 against a team during a season. But he had come close.
Carpenter was 4-0 against the Reds in 2009, 4-0 against the Pirates in 2006, 4-0 against the Astros in 2005 and 4-1 against the Cubs in 2004. Like the Cardinals, all of those teams are in the Central Division. Blog
Carpenter has won 10 in a row against the Reds and is 12-3 against them in his career.
MLB.com is reporting that Carpenter is the first Cardinals pitcher to win 10 straight starts against a team since Lon Warneke did it against the Phillies from 1940-42.
Warneke did win 10 consecutive starts against Philadelphia but, unlike Carpenter, he didn’t win 10 consecutive decisions.
Warneke, usually a starter, lost to the Phillies in a relief appearance for the Cardinals on Aug. 1, 1941. Pitching the 11th inning of a 1-1 game, Warneke surrendered a home run to catcher Bennie Warren and the Phillies won, 2-1. Boxscore
Warneke did win 14 of 15 for the Cardinals against the Phillies from 1938-42. He won his last two appearances against the Phillies in 1938, went 2-0 against them in ’39, 2-0 in ’40, won his first two decisions against them in ’41, lost the relief appearance, and then won his next six decisions against them over the remainder of ’41 and ’42.