Chris Carpenter to Retire
As expected, 38 year old RHP Chris Carpenter decided to retire from Major League Baseball. A two-time World Series winner and the 2005 Cy Young winner, Carpenter was known for being a workhorse and one of the best postseason pitchers of a generation. He won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2009. In 4 World Series starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA. Rumor has it that he will take a position within the Cardinals organization.
In 15 seasons between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, Carpenter racked up 144 wins and 94 losses, he finished his career with 35.5 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Turning back to his postseason performances, he is most remembered for the pitching duel versus longtime friend (and former teammate), Roy Halladay in the 2011 NLDS. He pitched a three-hit complete game shutout to vault the Cardinals into the World Series, where he played hero once again, pitching six innings on three days rest in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, defeating the Texas Rangers.
The Cardinals don’t exactly have an issue replacing him with the emergence of young pitchers, Joe Kelly, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, and Shelby Miller. Those four, along with staff ace Adam Wainwright, will more than likely make up a tough 2014 Cardinals rotation.