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No surprise: Cardinals will turn to Chris Carpenter in Game 1

Oct 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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By avoiding a Game 7 in the NLCS the Cardinals are able to line up their rotation for the World Series, which means Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 against the Rangers.

He’ll be matched up against C.J. Wilson, although Texas hasn’t made that official yet.

Carpenter was needed for Game 162 of the regular season and Game 5 of the NLDS–and he threw complete-game shutouts in both starts–so Kyle Lohse and Jaime Garcia got the Game 1 assignments in the first two playoff rounds.

Carpenter finished the regular season on fire, going 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his final five starts, but surrounded the NLDS gem against the Phillies with a pair of poor playoff outings (one of them on short rest).

He tossed eight shutout innings versus the Tigers in his lone World Series start in 2006. He was also with the Cardinals during their previous run to the World Series in 2004, but didn’t pitch because of an injury. For his playoff career the 36-year-old former Cy Young winner is 7-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts.

  1. cintiphil - Oct 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    I think Texas is making a big mistake if they start Wilson on the first day. He threw too much in the Detroit series, and I think became less effective. I would wait at least for one more day, or even wait until they go back to Tx. He needs a little rest at this point.

  2. shaggylocks - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Rangers in 5.

    • 22velocity - Oct 17, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Of course you mean Rangers ‘LOSE’ in 5 ;-)!

      • artisan3m - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM

        No ~ he means the Rangers win in five ~ at home ~ as it should be. I just hope Wash has a quick hook if any of the starting rotation stumbles coming out of the gate. The Cards didn’t get to the WS by being kind. They are a very talented club and we can’t risk letting them get an early lead.

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