Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Out of curosity, what's the pitching track record (in terms of pitches thrown) on Chris Carpenter? Does he have the same high pitch counts and heavy PAP as AH and BA ?
It appears that the Cardinals have tried to take care of Carpenter as best they could. Carpenter has exactly two starts in his Cardinals career of 120+ pitches, with those two outings being 122 pitches and 120 pitches, and both occurred in 2004.
The Blue Jays weren't so careful with Carpenter though earlier in his career. In 1998, he had individual game pitch counts of 134 and 126 pitches. In 1999, he had another 131 pitch game. In 2000, he had outings with 132 pitches and 129 pitches. In 2001, two more long outings at 128 pitches and 125 pitches. Of course it was 2002 and 2003 that he went down with injury in Toronto before he resurfaced with the Cardinals in 2004.
Funny thing is Carpenter was never high on the PAP list while with Toronto, because even 5-10 years ago teams were running high pitch counts on a lot of pitchers. Back in the late 90s and early 00s, some guys were throwing upwards of 140-150 pitches in a game. Now the highest you'll typically see is 130 pitches per game, and that's a rarity.