“My thing is to be ready to pitch every five days and give my team a chance to win."

"My goal is to get outs as soon as I can. Strikeouts aren’t that big a deal to me."

"I’ve gone through a lot, and not all of it was easy. But it couldn’t have worked out better. Things happen for a reason, and this is the reason."

"My cutter has been key for me, and my curveball. I’ve been able to spot them where I want to spot them."

"I just want my sign and I want to throw it. I think it keeps everybody on their toes."

"I always believed I had enough stuff to win here. It took me a while to learn how to use it."

"I’m no Bob Gibson. I can tell you that."

"Hey, hitting is hard—if you make good pitches that aren’t elevated in the zone, you’re going to have success."

"My approach never changes from start to start."

"I feel confident I can go out there and finish a game with 120 pitches."

"Strike one is a big, big pitch—you can do a lot after you get strike one, no matter how you get it."

"I don’t like the feeling of losing."

"I think the guys that are successful might be a little more relaxed and able to deal with the distractions."

"The pitch count situatio—it doesn't matter if you throw 120 or 80, whatever. It's the quality of pitches that you throw."

"I’ve done okay, but I'm not Bob Gibson."


Chris Carpenter,
2005 Upper Deck


Chris Carpenter, 2002 Heritage

© Copyright 2011 Black Book Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.