World Series Rain Delay May Allow Cardinals To Start Chris Carpenter In Game 7
With the World Series games delayed a day due to rain, the St. Louis Cardinals could ask ace pitcher Chris Carpenter to pitch on three days rest if they can force a Game 7, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa declined to officially name his starter, but Carpenter would be the logical choice in a must-win game with no tomorrow. With the Cardinals currently down 3-2 in the series, Game 6 is also a must-win, of course, but -- according to Rosenthal -- La Russa's comments make it sound like it's one they must win without their ace.
“We will not jeopardize an arm,” La Russa said. “It seems like a push to think that he could contribute anything (in Game 6) without jeopardizing his career. Three days rest, I mean, (we’ve) already done that. So we’d all feel better about 7 if we needed him.”
The three days rest that La Russa refers to came in Game 2 of the Division Series. It was Carpenter's first time pitching on short rest, and he was able to contribute only three innings. Jaime Graham is the Cardinals' scheduled starting pitcher for Game 6, while Colby Lewis is scheduled to start for the Rangers.