Carpenter, Billingsley look to rebound from shaky starts
St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, April, 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg
The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will both be sending former All-Star pitchers to the mound today who have not seen early success in 2011. The game is set for 3:10 today. Here is a look at this afternoon’s pitching match-up:
Chris Carpenter is hoping to rebound from his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander gave up eight earned runs in four innings after throwing only 83 pitches. This has been the only hiccup of his season. He had a 2.08 ERA in his first two starts. The good news for Carpenter and the Cardinals is that he is 6-0 with a 1.77 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers.
RHP Chad Billingsley (1-1, 7.71 ERA)
Chad Billingsley pitched effectively in 2010 for the Dodgers, but has been rocked in his first three starts in 2011. Despite having 13 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched this season, the right-hander has allowed 12 earned runs. He will be making his fourth start of the season and has not lasted more than six innings in the previous three starts. He is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in his career against the Cardinals.