Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 10/21/12
If you're going to put a face on the rise of the Cardinals from contenders in the early 00's to consistently playing for Championships, it'd probably have to be Chris Carpenter.  Pujols, obviously, was a HUGE reason, but Carpenter is still in St. Louis and will finish his career as a Cardinal. When we look back at this era, it's going to be Carp, Yadi and Pujols - in that order - as the embodiment of success.    After Mr. Carpenter's previous start in Game 2 of the NLCS, I don't think we wanted to admit that 4 innings and 5 runs was anything more than fluke. He went out in Game 6 of the NLCS and repeated the feat, though. And now it's time to gnash teeth.    Why?   Because it's better than looking forward and realizing the Cardinals had 3 chances to win 1 game to advance to the World Series and they're now down to their last one.   Again.   No, Game 6 was lost early. And often. With the Giants doing their best to fist, saw off, dink a...
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