Let the keyword searches for "Shirtless Chris Carpenter" commence. (Thank you Nick Punto). It's amazing what seeing a man's abs can do for a girl...as if tossing a three-hit, complete game shutout to carry your team to the National League Championship Series in a must-win Game 5 isn't sexy enough.
Carpenter was out of control. Lights out. In command. Determined to pitch that entire game, and probably thrilled as hell that his teammates managed even one run off his offseason fishing buddy Roy Halladay.
Not to take anything away from the opposing Philadelphia Phillies ace. Doc pitched eight solid innings, but made enough first-inning mistakes to put that one run on the board while his team couldn't muster more than a handful of hits behind him. Man, that must be frustrating. Looks like Roy's gonna be fishing without Chris for a while, and how long will depend on how the Cards fair against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Game 1 of the NLCS is all set for Sunday with Jaime Garcia taking the hill against Zack Greinke at Miller Park at 4:05pm ET on TBS.
P.S. This picture of Carpenter and his trusty backstop Yadier Molina hugging it out warmed our hearts, so we wanted to share it with you in case you missed it. Awwww...
[Call to the Pen]