ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington was upbeat, like he always is, when he met the media late this afternoon prior to Game Seven. After his team's Game Six near-miss, Washington said he slept until 10:30 a.m. and was at the ballpark at 1 p.m. like he always is for a 7 p.m. local time start. He said his players are upbeat as well, with all kinds of music blaring in the clubhouse as normal.
Washington said everyone in his bullpen is available except for Game Six starter Colby Lewis. That includes Game Four winner Derek Holland, who went two innings of relief last night, and ace C.J. Wilson, who started Games One and Five. The Rangers' lineup includes Mike Napoli (ankle) and Nelson Cruz (groin), who were both banged up last night. It goes like this:
Here's some comments from Washington's session:
On the Cardinals' Game Six resilience: "Two champions are playing, and last night was a contest where two champions just kept going at it, and one of them got the last blow. But there's still a game to be played. ... They just wouldn't go away, and that's the heart of a champion. We're champions, too."
Personal thoughts when told Tony La Russa said he was nervous: "Well, if Tony is nervous, then how can Ron Washington not be nervous?"
On working counts against Carpenter, who's going on short rest: "We certainly can't go into this game thinking about building up his pitch count and keep falling behind in the count against him. He let ball go, ball cross plate, in strike zone, we going to hack."
On using lefty Scott Feldman in the 10th instead of bringing back closer Neftali Feliz: "The lineup set up perfectly for lefty lefty, two lefties and a pitcher. The Lord just didn't want this game to end in six. That's all. The matchup couldn't have been better. I give [David] Descalso credit. It's my first time seeing this kid. He battles for his at bat. I give Jon Jay credit. He hit a little blooper down the line, but that happens, and they ended up driving in the tying run in that inning.
"So you've got to give everyone else that came up there credit. But it set up perfectly. We was destined to play seven games."
On Feliz's mental state: "He's very stable. We certainly didn't have to put a respirator on him. We didn't have to shock his heart back. In this game there will be days when you don't have good days, and I think if you talk to Neftali last night, he didn't feel like he it was a good day. My part, if we are in the position tonight to shut it down, I'm giving it to Neftali, and I expect him to close the ballgame down."
For the pregame thoughts from Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, go to my earlier post.
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