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Chris Carpenter, John Danks among winless starters

Chris Carpenter

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, left, removes starting pitcher Chris Carpenter during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 21, 2011, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


11 pitchers had made at least five starts this year and are still looking for their first victories. Here’s the list:

Jeff Francis (Royals) - 0-4, 5.09 ERA in eight starts
Tim Stauffer (Padres) - 0-1, 2.61 ERA in seven starts
John Danks (White Sox) - 0-5, 3.83 ERA in seven starts
Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) - 0-2, 4.19 ERA in seven starts
Madison Bumgarner (Giants) - 0-5, 4.21 ERA in seven starts
Jo-Jo Reyes (Blue Jays) - 0-3, 5.00 ERA in seven starts
Joe Saunders (Diamondbacks) - 0-4, 5.72 ERA in seven starts
Brad Bergesen (Orioles) - 0-4, 5.57 ERA in six starts (one relief)
Mat Latos (Padres) - 0-4, 4.55 ERA in five starts
Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies) - 0-2, 5.88 ERA in five starts
Nelson Figueroa (Astros) - 0-3, 9.00 ERA in five starts (two relief)

As the Toronto Globe & Mail points out, Reyes has gone 25 starts without a win since 2008. He’s 5-18 lifetime in 44 starts and four relief appearances.

Stauffer is the most unfortunate guy here. He was finally in line for his first win Friday after pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings and leaving with a 3-0 lead, but Heath Bell, with a lot of help from an ugly Chase Headley error, blew a save for the first time in 42 opportunities. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in six of his seven starts.

Carpenter also deserves special mention for going winless for a first place team. The former 21-game winner has pitched just well enough to lose. His two best starts this season came in games where St. Louis managed just one run, and his two worst coincided with the Cardinals’ two offensive outbursts (an 8-7 loss to the Marlins on May 4 and a 13-8 loss to the Diamondbacks on April 12).