NLCS Cardinals-Giants Game 6 preview: Chris Carpenter vs. Ryan Vogelsong

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Chris Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong will square off in Game 6 of the NLCS. (Getty Images/US Presswire)

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter had to be thinking he would be readying to face Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series, but instead he will pitch one more game in the National League Championship Series after the Giants forced a Game 6 on Friday.

The last time Chris Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong matched up was in Game 2, when the Giants beat the Cardinals 7-1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This time Carpenter will have to do a little better than his Game 4 performance against the Giants, when he went just four innings and gave up five runs (two earned).

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Vogelsong vs. the Cardinals

In Game 2, Vogelsong allowed just four hits and a run in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. Carpenter doubled in the Cardinals' only run of the game, but other than that, Vogelsong held the Cardinals in check.

Vogelsong faced the Cardinals just one other time in 2012, giving up just three hits in seven scoreless innings in a win at Busch Stadium on Aug. 8. The former Pirate's career record in the regular season against St. Louis isn't as good, going 2-4 with a 6.51 ERA in 16 appearances and six starts. His only two regular-season starts against the Cardinals while a member of the Giants were at Busch Stadium, earning a no-decision in a loss last May in addition to the August start.

Carlos Beltran is 6 for 13 in his career against Vogelsong, with four doubles and a home run. Two of those doubles against Vogelsong came in Game 2. Beltran was the only Cardinal to record multiple hits off the right-hander in Game 2, while Matt Holliday's first-inning single and Carpenter's double accounted for the other hits.

Carpenter vs. the Giants

Carpenter struggled in Game 2 and was taken out after the fourth inning. Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run. Carpenter had an error that aided the Giants' four-run fourth, while giving up doubles to Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco.

In the regular season, he's 4-1 lifetime against the Giants with a 3.57 ERA in eight starts. At AT&T Park, he's made just two starts in the regular season, winning both but allowing a total of six runs in 12 2/3 innings.

Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro hadn't faced Carpenter before Game 2, but both had success, with Pagan homering off of him and Scutaro recording two hits. Pablo Sandoval has three hits in 10 at-bats against him, while Hunter Pence has faced Carpenter the most, but had little success. Pence is hitting .179/.233/.357 in 30 plate appearances, but has a homer and a triple.

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