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Carpenter could start Game 4 on short rest

Oct 9, 2009, 2:27 PM EDT

With the Cardinals down 2-0 to the Dodgers after last night’s heartbreaking loss, manager Tony La Russa indicated that Chris Carpenter is an option to start Game 4 on short rest if St. Louis can avoid elimination tomorrow.
However, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch notes Carpenter hasn’t started on short rest since returning from elbow surgery in 2007, needed 105 pitches just to get through five ineffective innings Wednesday, and worked from the stretch about two-thirds of the time.
Joel Pineiro is starting Game 3 for the Cardinals, leaving La Russa to choose between John Smoltz or Kyle Lohse for Game 4 if Carpenter doesn’t get the assignment.

  1. shely - Oct 9, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    If this is the plan, it is too stupid to comment on. If he can’t pitch effectively on 5 days of rest, how is he going to do it on 4?

  2. BIGBRUCE11047 - Oct 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Chris Carpenter is a great pitcher but he is only human. The Cardinals cannot win a five-game series with only one pitcher. If John Smoltz is available, let the pitcher show what he’s got left. If he is to continue with his career he must show that he has something left in his tank. I hope that there isn’t a Game 4 as I am a Dodger fan.

  3. glenn - Oct 9, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    After the big choke last night, I doubt there will be a game four. I guess the “goal” was to win the Division, because they have not done anything but lose since…..

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