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So who pitches Game 7?

Oct 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

Kyle Lohse

Game 3 on Saturday night will always be remembered for Albert Pujols‘ ridiculous performance, but in the short term, it may be more significant for what it meant for the starting pitchers — Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison — each of whom was terrible. It’s significant because this series has all of the hallmarks of a seven-game affair, and if we reach a Game 7 Lohse and Harrison are slated to meet up again.

The Rangers don’t seem to have any other ideas or options if that happens. Given Tony La Russa’s penchant for tinkering it’s always possible that he’d throw Jake Westbrook or a short-rest starter or Rick Honeycutt or someone out there instead of Lohse.  According to Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch La Russa has not yet committed to anything but the sense at the moment is that it will be Lohse — on a short leash — who gets the call.

Of course, the way this series has gone so far, we’re just as likely to see dueling perfect games from Lohse and Harrison as we are a five-hour empty-the-bullpen affair.  Did I mention that I love this World Series so far?

  1. Lukehart80 - Oct 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Derek Holland has to look awfully tempting to Ron Washington right now. Whichever pitcher starts the game will have an awfully short leash, I’m sure.

  2. yuazda - Oct 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    It will be the last game for five months — I would be shocked if each team didn’t use 5+ pitchers in a Game 7. I’d imagine that every pitcher on each team will be available for duty except the Game 6 starters (meaning we could see Carpenter, Wilson, Holland, Jackson etc. come in relief).

    • Kyle - Oct 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Agree. I would imagine Harrison will get the start and be on a very short leash, with Holland and the whole crew at the ready.

  3. philliesblow - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Nolan Ryan vs Bob Gibson staredown.

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