His 25.0 inning scoreless streak (4/12-27) ranked 4th longest in N. The streak was snapped on 5/2 at CHI, 1.0 IP shy of his career-high streak of 26.0 scoreless innings... 2012 POSTSEASON: Started three games during the playoffs...started Division Series Game 1 vs. He became the 4th Cardinals pitcher to record 20 wins under Dave Duncan's watch, joining Chris Carpenter, Matt Morris and Darryl Kile... Did not hit a HR for the first time during a full Major League season. Was named the National League's Outstanding Pitcher of the Year by MLBPA Player's Choice Awards..
Joined teammate Lance Lynn as the first Cardinals pitchers with 175 or more strikeouts in three consecutive seasons since Bob Gibson (1970-72)... Washington and struck out 10 over 5.2 IP allowing a single run but did not get a decision in the 3-2 loss...allowed 6 runs in 2.1 innings in his Game 5 start before team came back for dramatic 9th inning 9-7, come-from-behind win to send the team to the League Championship Series...earned the win in LCS Game 4 vs. Led the league in wins (19) and innings pitched (233.0) and had a career high 34 starts... Louis pitcher to lead league in innings pitched since Joaquin Andujar in 1984 (261.1)... His 2.05 home ERA ranked 4th and 2.39 night ERA 2nd in the league...
CIN, tossing 8.0 innings allowing one run in a 2-1 Cardinals win, posting a game time of , the fastest game of the Cardinals season…Did not allow a run in 10.0 innings on the road (8 H, 0 BB, 10 K's) as a starting pitcher…Made three relief appearances over the final five games of the regular season, two scoreless. Had 12 starts with 7.0 or more scoreless innings, the most by an MLB pitcher since 1916... co-Player of the Week honors 5/26 for his 2-0, 0.00 ERA week, leading the N. with 21 K's & 17.0 IPs, which included a complete game, 1-hitter (28 BF), season-high 12 strikeout game and a start of 8.0 scoreless IP... Had a 2-1 record with a 1.16 ERA in four June starts. Pitched his 5th complete game and second in three starts 9/17 vs. Posted his ML-high 3rd CG shutout (9th career) while throwing 102 pitches. His six career complete games are the most against the Brewers passing Greg Maddux... Was 7th in the league with his 2.94 ERA, his 3rd season with a sub-3.00 ERA (2009: 2.63 & 2010: 2.42)... Recorded his 1,000th career strikeout 6/13 at NYM (D. Pitched his best game since coming back from his 2011 surgery on 5/22, throwing a complete game 4-0 shutout over SD.
Has 39 wins over the past two seasons (2013-14), tied with Max Scherzer for the most in MLB... His 73 double plays since 2012, is tops in in MLB... players and was honored as the starting pitcher, the 1st Cardinal since Chris Carpenter in 2005 to draw ASG start. Posted his 100th career win with a 1-0 blanking of the Reds on 3/31 in his 3rd career Opening Day start. Joined Darryl Kile, Bob Tewksbury & John Denny as only Cardinals to have won 5 games in a single March/April with win #5 on 4/27 vs. Working on six days rest, threw a near perfect game on 5/20 vs. Pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout as he walked none and struck out nine in the 5-0 win. Moved into sole possession of 8th place on the STL All-Time wins list (107) with his 5/25 win at CIN... Snapped his 20.0 inning scoreless streak (5/13-30) with a run in the 1st inn. His June ERA was fourth best in the National League... Allowed just four hits, walked one and had nine strikeouts.
MIL…Was the Cardinals Opening Day starting pitcher at Wrigley Field on 4/5 (his 4th career Opening Day start) and made the home opening start at Busch Stadium vs. Became the first Cardinals pitcher since Joaquin Andujar (1984-85) to win 20 games in two different seasons... Finished the season T1st in the National League with 19 wins (Zimmermann, WSH)... Did not walk a batter in first 34.2 IP to start the season season. Became the 1st Cards pitcher since Bob Gibson (6/17/70) to pitch a CG shutout with a strikeout in every inning (tied career high)... PIT, earning the win in both Game 1 and 5...pitched 7.0 innings in Game 1, allowing only 3 hits and one run (solo HR), striking out 9 (0BB)...pitched a complete game in Game 5 win, allowing one run on 8 hits in the decisive 6-1 win...allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (0BB, 5K) in his lone start in the League Championship Series (Game 3), a 3-0 loss at Los Angeles Dodgers...started Game 1 of the World Series at Boston and was charged with the loss, allowing 5 runs (3ER) in 5.0 IP..started Game 5 and again took the loss, allowing Boston's 3 runs in the 3-1 defeat (7.0IP, 8H, 3R, BB, 10K). His 184 strikeouts led the Cardinals and ranked 13th in the N. He was 12th in strikeouts/9.0 IP(8.34) and 12th in K/BB ratio (3.54). in ground ball pct (66.0) & in ground ball/fly ball ratio (1.94). Went 5-1 in August, one of four NL pitchers to post five wins. His first three starts of the season were all under 6.0 innings -the first time in his career ever to have three starts in a row that short.