With his dominance of the Reds in 2010, Chris Carpenter matched a mark no other Cardinals pitcher had accomplished in 44 years.
Carpenter became 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 was 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Reds in 2010.
Until 2010, 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 won 10 consecutive starts versus the Reds.
MLB.com reported that Carpenter was 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.