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SD: RHP Woody Williams (10-5, 3.53 ERA)
Williams has faced the Cardinals only twice in his career, losing both decisions while surrendering eight earned runs in 12 innings.
STL: RHP Chris Carpenter (15-7, 2.93 ERA)
Carpenter has 19 quality starts in 31 outings and averages 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Scouting Report:
In the midst of his best since season 2003 when he was 18-9 for the Cardinals, Williams continued to deliver under pressure against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. The veteran right-hander used his repertoire and smarts to keep Arizona scoreless until the sixth, when an error made the Diamondbacks' one run unearned. Williams, yielding five hits and one walk while striking out three, made the big pitches when he needed them, including a biting curveball that produced a key double play. His calling card remains a fastball that picks corners and moves up and down in the zone.
Carpenter and the Cards are hoping this is the right-hander's last start of the regular season. His turn would come up again on Sunday, but if St. Louis clinches the division by then, he is expected to skip that start. So in his last home start, Carpenter will have one more shot at bolstering his case for a second Cy Young. He's been dominant at home, so you have to like his chances.
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