Carpenter signs 2-year deal with Cardinals

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Carpenter rebounded with a sterling 2009 in which he went 17-4 and posted an NL-leading 2.24 ERA. He went 16-9 last season but hasn’t been quite as sharp this summer, though he’s coming off an impressive four-hit shutout win over Milwaukee that manager Tony La Russa called one of the best performances he’s seen all season.

While allowing every season is different, Carpenter is confident he can be effective well into the future.

“I believe I can be better than I was this year, try and be more consistent,” he said. “If I’m healthy, I’m going to be fine.”

Carpenter is 142-92 with a 3.79 ERA in 14 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cardinals.

Closer to the end of his career than the beginning, Carpenter is well aware of the company he’s keeping.

“The whole time I’ve been here, there have been a lot of referrals to ‘the last guy to do this is Bob Gibson,’” Carpenter said. “I’m not Bob Gibson but … (hopefully) when my career is over, people look back and say even though (I wasn’t) Bob Gibson, Chris Carpenter was a big part of this tradition.”

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