Carpenter invaluable to Cardinals, on the field and off
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By Rick Sutcliffe, ESPNChris Carpenter has been red-hot the past couple of months. But he's been nearly as valuable on his days off. Like Trevor Hoffman or Roy Halladay, Carpenter makes everyone around him better.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|Prince Fielder, MIL||38||Smoltz||Bot 1: 2-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|Jayson Werth, PHI||32||Lannan||Top 7: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.|
|Raul Ibanez, PHI||30||Lannan||Top 7: 1-2, 1 Out. None on.|
|Evan Longoria, TB||30||Gaudin||Top 7: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Chase Utley, PHI||30||Clippard||Top 8: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSPadres at Giants, 3:45 p.m. ET Barry Zito has allowed more than two runs in a start just once since July 12, and that one time he permitted three on Aug. 14 against the Mets. That day, the Giants were shut out. Wade LeBlanc is set to make just his ninth career start. Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN Joba Chamberlain takes the mound with the Yankees still focused on conserving his pitch count. Chamberlain is 0-3 in his past five outings. Jeff Niemann is 3-0 in his past eight starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his past four. Reds at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET Jason Hammel has compiled an 8-7 record. He is a bit fortunate to have a winning record, considering opponents are hitting .302 against him this season. Bronson Arroyo has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his past five starts. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: WEDNESDAY
|1 a.m. ET
|Host: Steve Levy
Analysts: Buster Olney, Eric Young
BBTN MINUTE: WHAT TO DO WITH LIDGE?
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at Matt Holliday, whose two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning lifted the Cardinals to a 4-3 over the Brewers. Holliday has been pivotal in one-run games since joining the Cardinals. St. Louis is 11-4 in one-run games in which Holliday has played:
|Matt Holliday in games decided by 1 run (with Cardinals)|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Clay Buchholz breezed his way through the Orioles' lineup in the Red Sox's 10-0 win. In his seven shutout innings, Buchholz permitted only three hits and issued just one walk while striking out five. He is 4-0 in his past five starts since being recalled from the minors July 17.||WORST|
|• Carlos Torres could not get out of the first inning of the White Sox's 11-3 loss against the A's. Torres, who pitched seven strong innings in shutting out the Cubs in his previous start, recorded only two outs against Oakland, allowing four hits, five runs and two homers.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWAdam Wainwright squares off against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for the fourth time in 2009. Wainwright has gotten the best of the Brewers so far, going 2-1 with a 0.77 ERA. One of the keys to Wainwright's success has been his ability to strand baserunners. His 81 percent strand rate is the third-best in baseball among all starters, and his numbers back up his ability to retire hitters with runners on base:
|Adam Wainwright (2009)|
|Runners on base||Bases empty|
|Extra-base hits pct.||21.1||27.4|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Tristan Cockcroft examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Cockcroft ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes
HUNT FOR OCTOBERHere's the latest in the wild-card races:
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