Saturday, October 08, 2011


Last year I wrote a post about pitchers who threw a complete game victory to clinch the Division Series.

In the 2010 Division Series I added Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
Tonight both Hamels and Lee sat in Citizens Bank Ballpark and saw Chris Carpenter put himself on the list.

Let's update it.

Complete Game Division Series Clinchers

John Smoltz
Game 3
4-1 victory against Houston Astros

Bobby Jones
Game 4
4-0 victory against San Francisco Giants

Curt Schilling
Game 5
2-1 victory against St. Louis Cardinals

Cole Hamels
Game 3
2-0 victory against Cincinnati Reds

Cliff Lee
Game 5
5-1 victory against Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Carpenter
Game 5
1-0 victory against Philadelphia Phillies

The 2001 Series didn’t end with Schilling on the mound getting the last out. The series ended with a walk off single by Tony Womack.

For sticklers of details, they played the Division Series in 1981 as well and two more complete games clinched series THAT year.

Steve Rogers
Game 5
3-0 victory against Philadelphia Phillies

Jerry Reuss
Game 5
4-0 victory against Houston Astros

But while relievers were being used more frequently then, the whole specialization of EVERY bullpen role (and the cheapening of the save) didn’t come around until the late 1980s.

So welcome to Division Series immortality, Chris Carpenter.

And you are welcome Bobby Jones for reminding everyone of your great feat!

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