MLB.com has a large continent at the World Series as usual, and the hub of our editorial operations at Busch for this part of the series is Big Mac’s namesake suite. Adjacent to it from where I am posting this entry is the Albert Pujols Room. We were in the Ozzie Smith Room for the NLCS. Each room is adorned with framed photos of that Cardinal great’s career. You can’t help but feel some nostalgia when you work the games in St. Louis.
This was right above me on the wall as I was typing, and pardon the punctuation in the first sentence of the synopsis…
After watching what happened here tonight, one can’t help but wonder if someone in the future will be blogging from the Chris Carpenter Room. Carpenter just turned in an outing that has to at least be mentioned with the long list of dominant World Series performances by a Cardinal — maybe not Bob Gibson’s 17-strikeout opener in the 1968 Fall Classic against these Tigers, but certainly one that will be remembered, complete game or no complete game.
Carpenter is now 5-1 in his eight career post-season starts. He ties John Tudor for the second-most postseason wins ever for a Cardinals pitcher behind Gibson’s seven. And after the game, it also was vintage Carpenter. He even essentially apologized to one inquiring reporter in the interview room while answering a question by saying, "That’s all I’ve got for you." It’s a lot of "I just had a gameplan and executed" stuff, not terribly exciting, but he’s a pitcher who just does most of his talking on the field. Ask him why he’s typically so dominant at home, and he’ll tell you that he was better on the road than at home last season and that it’s not a big deal.
In the end, it was a very big deal to Cardinal fans, because St. Louis is now up in the series, 2-1, with NLCS MVP Jeff Suppan about to take the ball against Jeremy Bonderman here Wednesday night. When Carpenter pitches in St. Louis, this is a scene that is so familiar, and this was the view from the Mark McGwire Room after a 5-0 victory:
This series still has the makings of a seven-gamer. It’s almost in the Cardinals’ World Series DNA if you look through their rich history, and that was the outcome of both previous World Series meetings with the Tigers in 1934 and 1968. That seems to be what Jim Leyland is thinking, anyway.
"Basically what this means is that the Cardinals went up 2 1," said the Tigers’ manager, who hinted that there could be some lineup tinkering for Game 4. "If we don’t swing the bats better they’ll go up 3 1. That’s as simple as it is. But at the same time when I say that, I think we’ll swing the bats better. We’re certainly not conceding anything. I think this is a great atmosphere. It’s World Series baseball and it’s fun to be here and we need to grind it out."
See you for pregame.