October 10, 2006


NLCS Preview: Banged-up pitching staffs will have to come through (John Donovan, October 10, 2006, Sports Illustrated)

Starting Pitching

CARDINALS: Chris Carpenter won two games in the NLDS against the Padres. Without him, the Cards may not have made it out alive. But in the NLCS, they'll have to rely on Jeff Weaver (who won the other game in the NLDS) and Jeff Suppan before they get to Carpenter, and maybe Anthony Reyes after Carpenter pitches. If it goes seven games, Carpenter can go twice. That may be the difference.

Given that they pretty much need Carpenter to win three in a seven game series, one wonders if starting him in Game 4 of the NLDS wasn't a panic move by LaRussa.

Meanwhile, what the heck is Jim Leyland doing? Justin Verlander is his best pitcher and is rested and Kenny Rogers is something like 23-4 lifetime in Oakland, yet the Tigers open with Nate Robertson again and won't pitch Rogers in Oakland?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2006 7:07 PM

Tigers up 5-0. Sounds like a (lucky) good decision by Leyland so far.

Posted by: Brad S at October 10, 2006 11:04 PM

It's a bit late in the year to start second-guessing Leyland. He potentially has 13 more games to plan for. Robertson pitched well all season but received the least run support of any Tiger starter.

Posted by: ed at October 11, 2006 8:33 AM

Yes, he should be first guessed, not second guessed.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2006 8:39 AM

He's building confidence for the Series. He might need Robertson; can't let him get his dauber down now.

If you saw the fourth inning last night -- A's on second and third with no out, Leyland out to the mound, Robertson proceeds to strike out three in a row -- I'd say Robertson will be ready to go for the Series.

Posted by: Palmcroft at October 11, 2006 12:31 PM

He should start in the Series, because the Mets can't beat lefties. He ought to be going 4th in the playoffs.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2006 12:43 PM

It ain't gonna matter who pitches when. They're the best team left, hands down.

LIke Joe Morgan said, power pitching and a little power hitting is the best way to win in the playoffs.

Posted by: Pepys at October 11, 2006 1:20 PM