JUPITER, Fla. Despite dominating down the stretch, going 4-0 in the playoffs and leading the Cardinals to a World Series title, ace Chris Carpenter wasn't completely pleased with how he pitched last year.
The former Cy Young Award winner was one of the best pitchers in the league the final half of the season and won the clinching games in both the Division Series and World Series. But you'd have never known it based on how he felt.
"I pitched good the second half but I was still not in control the way I'd like," Carpenter said. "I just found a way to make it work."
While most of the attention and focus regarding Carpenter has been on a heavy workload a year ago, the right-hander arrived in Jupiter with other concerns.
Instead of focusing on results, Carpenter plans on using this spring to focus on what helps him get results the mechanics of his delivery and his balance on the mound.
"I need to get back in command, not of my pitches, but of my body," Carpenter said. "I feel li...