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Strength of Carpenter leads to mechanics issues

Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:28 pm

By Evan Brunell

CarpenterIn spring training, Chris Carpenter says he feels as healthy as he has in years, and it shows in his velocity charts, as all of his pitches are currently hurtling to the plate faster than his career marks.

However, while Carpenter had been pitching great, he fell flat on his face Tuesday, saying he simply felt too strong and it caused his mechanics to fall out of whack. He allowed eight runs in four innings to the Diamondbacks and said it was like pitching in Coors Field given the low humidity and hitter's park.

"When it's like that, you almost have to back off. Overthrowing doesn't work in a situation like that," Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The harder you try to throw, the faster you get out, the more it works against you."

His delivery, which kept causing him to fall to the first-base side, was responsible for Carpenter's worst start in a Cardinals uniform as the eight runs allowed were a Cardinals career high. 

Carp tossed a bullpen session Thursday and came away pleased with the results. He's on pace to face the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley on Sunday.

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