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Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:07 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 4:26 am

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- After the Cardinals' thrilling Game 6 victory over the Rangers, they'll have little time to celebrate. Game 7 starts roughly 19 1/2 hours after Game 6 ended. So the focus immediately shifts to the final game of the World Series, and whether or not Tony La Russa is going to bring back ace Chris Carpenter. As things stood after the game, there was no official word just yet.

"I just barely started to think about tomorrow, but actually it'll be fun to think about it now because there is a Game 7," La Russa said. (I) might just roll Jake (Westbrook) back out there, who knows."

It's pretty doubtful La Russa is seriously considering Westbrook. The other options as Game 7 starter would be Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson. Jackson's a much better bet than Lohse, but it just feels like a sure bet Carpenter is going to go -- even if he wouldn't say so either.

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"We'll see what happens," he said in the locker room after the game. "It's not my choice, it's theirs."

Carpenter has already told reporters he's ready to start if called upon and he said that he would prepare all day Friday as if he is the starter.

This may be a situation where the decision has already been made and the Cardinals just didn't feel like telling anyone or wanted to allow the Game 6 heroics of David Freese, Lance Berkman and more to be the story.

During the regular season, Carpenter pitched on four days' rest 18 times, five days' rest 14 times and six days' rest once. He made zero starts on three days' rest. He did make his first start of this postseason on three days' rest, Game 2 of the NLDS versus the Phillies. He lasted only three innings that game, giving up five hits and four earned runs while walking three. And the Phillies offense is far inferior to the Rangers.

Then again, if your other options are Jackson and Lohse, don't you just roll the dice with Carpenter instead? I would. And it's pretty likely La Russa will, too.

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Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:07 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

I'm surprised, or rather shocked to see how Harrison's numbers match up against Carpenters.  I wouldn't wager one dime on this game.  It's all tied up, and it could go either way.  Cards proved they earned the right to be in it.  But you have to admit some of it was luck last night.  Either way, I'm looking forward to the end of the best World Series ever.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:31 pm
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Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:15 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

Rangers have no chance tonight, might as well fly home now, they may never win it all and definetly not this year, they are demoralized in the same fashion that the '85 cardinals were after game 6, it will be a blowout much like game 7 was for the kc that year

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:12 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

Hey Pike, that hunger didn't get them over the hump last night. I hope the Rangers are down right starving to death tonight when they face that poser Carpenter on 3 days rest. He already proved once this fall v Phils he is not capable of going on short rest, Phils lit him up. Have at it Rangers, and please do not let up until you are up by a dozen and humiliate that egomaniac LaRussa. Unfortunately, I think Texas more than had its opportunity and that window may have closed. It will take an effort of epic proportions to wrestled the momentum from that steamrolling Cards club now. 

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:04 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

Like he did against the Phillies huh, u mean when he threw that complete game shutout against them? How stupid are you?

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:34 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

Carpenter is welcome to pitch.........He will get lit up like a Christmas Tree like he did agianst the phillies..........The Fact that he is even able top pitch is the real story...........Ol Cheating Joe who has never liked the Rangers called the game at 2pm without talking to any of the Teams and it only rained for 1 hr and 38 mins in St. Louis...............The fact that Bud Selig put this cheater in charge shows me that it's time for the Owners to get rid of Bud and everyone who works for Bud............Joe got his start with what Team?...................Oh it was Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals............Joe has been a cheater since then and thats why he worked for 3 of the worst cheaters in the game........Yankees,Dodgers(mcCourt need I say more) and the cardinals..........LaRussa is his good friend and he asked him to delay the game so he could get Carp and Joe is in charge of the Umpires and there is an Umpire from St.Louis working this series that fact alone shows me that something smells fishy and the Plate umpire last night called a strike 3 agianst Pujols and Pujols called him a bunch of foul names and he never through Pujols out..........Pujols should have been thrown out to set an example to Youngsters that look up to him,that you don't act like that in a Game.........never and then in the 9th and on that same umpire called that same location a Ball for St.Louis.............Joe is making sure that the MLB got a gm 7 for it's horribble ratings and helped his cheating friend........LaRussa has always been a cheater(McGuire and Canseco played for him...need I say more)............So watch tonight the umpires will be to blame for a serious call to make sure St.Louis stays close................But Texas will find a way to light carp up on 3days rest..........So before to start to pass me off as a Mad Rangers fan.............I am not I am diff teams fan and I just like honest baseball and like it called like it's suppose to be not with cheaters............I was hoping before this Series started that my Team would make a play for Pujols this off season but after the way he has acted and ran from the press and then lied about running and the way he acted last night.............I hope they make a Play for Fielder instead atleast he plays the game the way it's suppose to be played...............Cheatjuls should stay in St.Louis or go to the Real cheaters the Yankees thats where he can get a Team to protect him.............If he acts like that in my Teams town he would get thrown under the Bus like anyone who acts like that Deserves to be treated............

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:11 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

As a Giants fan, last night prepared me to crown a new world champ tonight. Give Carp the start and let's play ball.  Nothing like the baseball playoffs...

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

carpenter is their ace, 3 days, 4 days, 2 days, go out and pitch. stop counting pitches and play ball. i truely think koufax, whitey, seaver, johnson(walter), etc., would ask for the ball in any game 7. like i said play ball and shut up.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:32 am

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

As much as last night stings for me, I have to agree with all of you.  In Texas, we all laughed and cried in innings 8-10,  Up and down, up and!

Just gotta hope Carp only lasts 2-3 innings and we get a shot at Lohse.  I still think Texas' hunger for that championship will get them over the hump tonight.  They will learn from last nights' mistakes.

Go Red, White and Blue!!!

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:21 am

Carpenter not named starter, but he's most likely

My thoughts exactly- Go Cards

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