Two in-game questions:
(1) Would you have batted our fellow MLBlogger John Rodriguez or switch-hitter/postseason RISP master Scott Spiezio against Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the sixth? That one was already being second-guessed by many fans on the concourse after the inning. Tony La Russa could have double-switched and put the pitcher in Preston Wilson’s 6 spot in the order and Spiezio at 9, giving him the possibility of thus batting in the sixth and perhaps ninth. Or was it the right move, saving Spiezio for later? It needed to be a lefty, so I don’t think Ronnie Belliard would have been the right choice there even though the second baseman (Aaron Miles) had just batted and a natural double-switch. Either way, those were two giant strikeouts by Rodney to end that inning.
(2) When do you pitch Chris Carpenter if the series goes back to Detroit? If it goes back with a 3-2 Tigers lead, it seems logical to pitch him against Kenny Rogers on three days’ rest (only 82 pitches last outing) because you don’t risk leaving your ace in the hole in the World Series. If the Cards go there ahead after five, I’d start Anthony Reyes in Game 6 (Jeff Weaver is pitching Game 5) and then Carpenter is available if there’s a Game 7. That one seems like a no-brainer. . . .
By the way, the weather doesn’t look horrible in Detroit this weekend. The Weather Channel is calling for some showers, but not seeing the snowshowers in the forecast that people had been talking about earlier. And everyone here is hoping that forecast holds up for Friday, with that all-night/day soaker moving out of St. Louis around 5 or 6 p.m. ET. If that storm system slows down during the day, there certaily would be some jeopardy for Game 5.