ST. LOUIS -- It's cold and miserable here and the rain started to fall about 5 p.m. CT. Not hard rain. Not enough rain to postpone a game but the forecasts were for persistent rain and MLB didn't want to take a chance of any delays in Game Six of the World Series.
That was the upshot of what we learned this afternoon from MLB VP Joe Torre when he met with reporters in Busch Stadium (left). Think CC Sabathia-Justin Verlander. You don't want to burn pitching this deep in the season. And the cynic in me says FOX doesn't want the last out of the World Series at 2 in the morning either.
[The forecasts] all were consistent in saying there was going to be rain during the game," Torre said. "Maybe not enough to stop it, but maybe enough to stop it. And that was enough to just make this decision."
So how does this impact things? Now with two off days, the Rangers have likely lost any momentum they may have had from Monday's win in Texas. Jaime Garcia and Colby Lewis will start in Game Six but there are loads of bullpen candidates to choose from, and the starters for Game 7 are up in the air, at least for the Cardinals.
Texas manager Ron Washington insists he's sticking with Matt Harrison, who gave up five runs in Game Three, over Derek Holland, who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in Game Four. Washington said Holland is available in the bullpen for Game Six, but I'm betting the Rangers hold him out for similar use in Game Seven if, in fact, he doesn't start.
"Harrison has been a big part of this team all year," Washington said today. "I am not changing the things that I've been doing all year. That's why we are where we are, and that's why I'm saying Harrison."
The Cardinals, meanwhile, can now come back with Chris Carpenter on three days rest in Game Seven. Carpenter has only done that once in his career and Tony La Russa may be more comfortable with Carpenter backing up either Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook.
"I was told by Carp that he would be ready to go (Game 7)," La Russa said. "Eeither getting to Game 7 or winning a seventh game, whether it's Chris Carpenter or anybody, we will not jeopardize an arm."
I say we should be looking at Holland vs. Carpenter in Game 7. Sure sounds like the managers aren't thinking the same way. We'll see.
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