According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Chris Carpenter is the Starting Pitcher for the Cardinals in Friday's Game 7 against the Texas Rangers.
It has been eight years since Major League Baseball has showcased a World Series Game 7. In 2002, Angels rookie pitcher John Lackey gave five innings of masterful pitching to propel the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Now the Cardinals have turned to Chris Carpenter to write the next chapter in MLB Game 7 history. The Cardinals franchise is certainly no stranger to a World Series Game 7 scenario, as pointed out by CBS:
The eight-year absence of baseball's ultimate game is the longest since the World Series began in 1903. The Cardinals hold the record for most World Series Game 7s, going 7-3.
As for Carpenter, this is the biggest start of his professional life. He owes the opportunity in part to the rain that postponed Game 6 on Wednesday earlier this week. With the extra day of rest it afforded the team, Carpenter now has a three-day rest heading into Game 7. It will be Chris Carpenter's third start of the World Series.