ST. LOUIS Don't worry about the fact that Chris Carpenter only made three regular season starts. Give him a chance in the playoffs and his track record shows just what he's capable of doing.
And he badly wants the chance to do it again.
The right-hander made his third start of the season Tuesday night, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings in a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out seven, continuing to show improvement in each of his starts since missing the first five months of the season with a nerve issue in his shoulder.
But if the Cardinals can win Friday in Atlanta, the 2005 NL Cy Young award winner will have the chance to get at least one more start. The Cardinals clinched the second wild card spot late Tuesday night by virtue of the Dodgers loss to San Francisco.
"My stuff is good enough to go out and get outs," Carpenter said. "Obviously I've done it. The consistency as the game goes along has to get better and it happened in Houston and it happen...