09/07/05 1:00 AM ET
Carpenter named NL Player of Week
Cards' ace goes 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA to earn distinction
By Jeremy Smith / MLB.com
Carpenter, who led the league in innings pitched and was tied for the league lead in wins and complete games, capped off his award-winning week Saturday with a complete-game win over the Houston Astros to become the first player to win 20 games this season.
In that game, Carpenter -- whose consistent excellence has made him a strong candidate for this year's Cy Young Award -- bested seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out eight in St. Louis' 4-2 win. It was Carpenter's league-leading seventh complete game and his 12th win in as many decisions. The last Cardinals pitcher to win more than 12 consecutive games was Bob Gibson, with 15 straight victories in 1968.
"I can't remember a pitcher as long as I've been managing who has been so good every time out," manager Tony La Russa said after Saturday's game. "He just concentrates about as good as he can concentrate."
Carpenter, who was the National League's starting pitcher in the 76th All-Star Game, went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and struck out 13 overall during the week. He logged 16 2/3 innings, while allowing 15 hits, three earned runs and three walks.
As part of the award, Bank of America will make a $1,000 donation to the Little League Urban Initiative on Carpenter's behalf and Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will present Carpenter with a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece.
Jeremy Smith is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.