Cards-Giants Game 2 pitching matchup
RHP Chris Carpenter, Cardinals • 0-2, 3.71 ERA, three starts
Vs. Giants, 2012 • No appearances
Scouting report • On Sunday, the Cardinals' righty described the surgery that put him back on the mound: It involved the removal of his top rib and two muscles from his neck, two muscles that had choked the nerves leading into his pitching shoulder. "I felt like if it did work, my stuff was good enough to (pitch)," Carpenter said. It worked. With his strength and command increasing with each outing, Carpenter will make his fifth start of the season, the sixth NLCS start of his career. Carpenter has not lost at AT&T Park (2-0, 4.26 ERA), and another win would tie him with Greg Maddux and Curt Schilling for the fifth-most playoff wins in history, at 11.
RHP Ryan Vogelsong, Giants • 14-9, 3.37 ERA, 31 starts
Vs. Cardinals, 2012 • 1-0, 0.00 ERA, one start
Scouting report • Five seasons after throwing his last pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, Vogelsong returned to the majors, having rediscovered his game abroad, and has won 27 games in the past two seasons for the Giants. Vogelsong, who finished 11th in the Cy Young Award voting a year ago, utilizes a mix of pitches that includes a 76 mph curve, a 91 mph fastball and an 83 mph changeup (all season averages). With his ability to change speeds, Vogelsong has thrived at spacious AT&T Park, where he has a career record of 14-11 and a 2.48 ERA.