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Cards Game Day with Jeff Gordon
Before, during and after Game 3 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, bring your questions and opinions to a live chat with columnist Jeff Gordon.
RT @barrysvrluga: Phil Wood: "In '05, when you got back from spring training, did you think you had a contender?" Frank: "Of course not! ...by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:08:19 PM
Here is Mike Matheny before the game.
Q. I asked Kyle about this, but with what you've seen from their pitching staff the first two games with Gio and Jordan, and knowing that that's been the backbone of their team all year long, how do you view their staff as a whole?
MIKE MATHENY: View their staff as one of the best in the League, and we have seen these guys firsthand, we came in here late in the season and they were very impressive. So our guys understand that. We give them a lot of credit, same old story. We also don't go too far from the fact that we have a lot of faith in ourselves and believe we have a good offense that can handle it.
But we have seen them very good and have the utmost respect for them.
Q. How has Chris Carpenter evolved as a pitcher since the time you were catching him and how has he used his stuff now even though he's only got 17 innings? How is he different from his stuff now than last year than he was at this time of the year having a full season and healthy?
MIKE MATHENY: I've seen the full evolution, really, catching him in Toronto for a little while when he and Roy Halladay were two young pitchers trying to figure it out, following Pat Hankin which was a great idea on their part, how to use their stuff from that into seeing him in St.Louis as one most dominant pitchers in the game. And to me, whenever you have a Cy Young calibre pitcher, you just watch closely, and fortunately, he's been a great mentor to all of our pitchers in our rotation and our staff and in our organization.
He has the makeup that's very unique with the kind of stuff he has, and then going out and trying to make other people better.
So what he brings to the table as a pitcher, his resumé stands for what that looks like. What he does for a club is invaluable and that's kind of that evolution. His stuff is still crisp and he knows how to use it. He's a smarter pitcher and that's how guys stick around this long. He's turned into somebody that's just an invaluable asset to us.
Q. I realize at this time of year you're not playingyour bench players. What kind of challenge does it present to stay sharp at this time of year?
MIKE MATHENY: It's very tough. I've said it a couple times, that's something down the stretch, I would have liked to have been able to do better was to keep the bench sharp. But we felt like we were fighting for our lives every game all the way through the end of September, and didn't really have the opportunity to change something when it was going well and we found a good fit, especially with the middle of our infield, but keep especially a few guys like a Skip Schumaker and a Matt Carpenter and a Shane Robinson sharp that we need to keep sharp to be able to come off the bench and give us valuable at‑bats.
I have put them in a tough spot, but they have been making up for it and getting extra work and doing more to be prepared, and that's all they can do. But we are going to continue to try and get them in there, but when things are going as they are, we need to ride out what gives us the best opportunity each night.
Q. I'm assuming that Lance Lynn would not be available, so if that's an incorrect assumption, please correct me, but who falls into that spot? Is it Joe Kelly or Trevor Rosenthal? And what about Shelby Miller, just being thrust into a win‑or‑go‑home kind of game?
MIKE MATHENY: The first part of your question is you have the right assumption. Lance would not be available today. I wouldn't rule him out for tomorrow and I wouldn't rule him out any further past that. But right now after throwing 50 pitches and throwing the day before, we are going to have to be careful with him.
And who falls into that role, I think we do have options and you touched on them. We have Joe Kelly who did a great job throwing as a starter for us this year and has done a nice job out of the pen. Trevor Rosenthal is also available to not just go on short stints like he has so far here lately, but also to stretch him out.
Shelby Miller, we are always anxious to get a young player in there and give him an opportunity. We had him in some higher‑leverage situations in the end of the season, regular season, and we were impressed with his composure. We are not afraid to use him, otherwise we would not have him on the roster and depends on the situation how we'll use him where.
Q. Is Carpenter on any sort of limit today? Are you going to cap him at a certain amount?
MIKE MATHENY: No. We plan on going in and just watch him as he goes, and he's a pretty fair evaluator of himself as well, so we do rest on him and how he feels. But we anticipate going as long as it looks good.
Q. You would have a better perspective on this than anyone. What sets Molina apart from other catchers and how is he better than he has been in the years past?
MIKE MATHENY: There's so many things about Yadi Molina that you really can't classify or measure by the metrics of this game and the leadership that he bring; the things he does for this game, what he does pitch by pitch, how he's working with the staff, how he's working with me to evaluate midstream how the guys look and some alterations we might have to make.
How he's improved I think is very obvious. You tell him that he can't do something, he's going to find a way to prove you wrong. Tell him he can't run, he's going to lead the league in stolen bases. As a catcher, you tell him he can't hit for power, he's going to hit 20.
He has a drive that's very impressive, and I give him a lot of credit and I give Albert Pujols a lot of credit. He and Albert spent a great deal of time during the years that they were able to play together. And I see a lot of the similar traits, just never‑give‑anything‑away attitude, not one at‑bat, not one pitch behind the plate. And that's very rare. So you mix talent and that kind of makeup, and you're looking for special things to happen.
Q. I wanted you to talk a little bit about if you are surprised about his improvement offensively.
MIKE MATHENY: Is this Yadi?
MIKE MATHENY I think we all saw the potential even when he was very young of being able to hit for average, and only because early on in his Minor League career, not a high strikeout hitter, he could fight and keep himself into an at‑bat, a smart player instinctually. I saw him having the ability to be a high average hitter. The power, you never know how that's going to develop, and for him to come out with the season that he has, has been very impressive, especially later in his career, though to me I still think he's at his peak.
But I just see better things ahead as he just‑‑ he knows his swing. I think he's developed his own approach. He's developed his own‑‑ the mechanics of his swing and he knows them well and staying very consistent; whereas early on he was fighting to see what that would look like, he would change his swing quite often and his stance and his approach. Now he has his own rhythm and he's sticking with it and I think that just leads to more success in the future.
Here was Kyle Lohse before the game:
Q. Kyle, you said before the elimination game that you had looked forward to being able to experience that; now that you've gone through that and World Series games and everything else, how do you draw on all that to go into a game like today?
KYLE LOHSE: Well, I've learned how to handle that adrenaline, all of the other stuff, the ability to block it out. Just go out there and do the things that I know how to do; make pitches and not really care about the situation, just go out there and have fun.
You know, I came through the Atlanta game pretty successfully, and plan on being able to do the same thing from here on out.
Q. With Jackson going today, who obviously you guys know very well, curious, for someone who has been on multiple teams, when you face guys that know you so well, and you've been on that team and they know what you have and know what you do well and don't do well, is that an advantage to you, seeing Jackson so many times?
KYLE LOHSE: It is and it isn't. He's a very good pitcher. You saw what he did to us at this place, I believe it was the end of August. But then you saw what we were able to do the second time around. Just it varies. Sometimes it's an advantage to the pitcher and sometimes it is to the hitter. You know, you're definitely‑‑ for me, I've got a game plan that I'm trying to go out there and do, and I'm going to stick to that until they make me adjust. I'm sure he's probably the same way, and you know, to me it doesn't really matter how many times you face a team. It's a matter of being able to execute and I'm sure that's probably the same way he approaches it.
Q. The first two games of this series, their starters obviously have struggled a little bit, and maybe even Gio talked about nerves in the playoffs; they don't have a lot of experience, but they have been the backbone as a staff throughout the whole season. How do you view them as an entire pitching staff?
KYLE LOHSE: You saw their numbers throughout the season. You don't have a record like they do without being very strong in the starting pitching department. They did an excellent job. There's nobody on that staff that I think as a hitter, you probably look up there and you can't wait to face.
Unfortunately we didn't take advantage of Gio's wildness that first game. We took advantage in the second game, too. It's just one of those things, I think the first time you're in that spot, you've got to learn how to control the nerves and everything, and we view them as a very strong pitching team and hitting. They have got a great lineup.
So you know, it's one of those things that you just try to take advantage of their inexperience and hope for the best. It's a matter‑‑ this game is such a fine line of, you know, who is going to make adjustments, who is going to handle pressure situations in the best manner possible. Sometimes when you have someone going through the first time, they are going to make more mistakes, and I think that's what we are able to capitalize on.
Q. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you've had the opportunity to play with a Gold Glove center fielder behind you before with another team. Wondering how you've seen Jon Jay develop during your time with the Cardinals, and if maybe there was a stride made this year as far as what he does instinctually or even talking to the pitchers to know where to line up and how to get the better jump.
KYLE LOHSE: I think you saw last year him starting to develop into a very high‑calibre center fielder, and this year, he's just taken that extra step towards becoming an elite defender. He's got great instincts. There's a lot of times where you give up a fly ball, either in the gap or straightaway center, that as a pitcher, you know, sometimes when you expect that ball to be hit the ground and come in for a hit, and he seems like he gets great jumps, great instincts.
And you know, I got to play in Minnesota with Torii Hunter, and he probably saved probably about five or six home runs for me. He's one of those guys that got great jumps, anticipated. I think a lot of it comes with paying attention to where the catcher is setting up. I think a lot times they feel like they have to pay attention to what you're trying to do‑‑ unless he has eagle eye, he's not seeing the exact pitches being thrown. But to do what he does, you have to have good instincts and anticipate where the ball is going to be hit. You saw the last game, he was pretty fearless going into that wall, to be able to go full speed and make that catch.
So I think he's definitely deserving of Gold Glove recognition and he's just made such great strides to improve his defense. He's not the fastest guy out there. He's pretty fast but he's not like, you know, an elite sprinter, but he does a great job anticipating, and I think that's‑‑ you know, speaks volumes for how much he cares and is trying to become an all‑around great player.
Q. Speaking of Minnesota, I was wondering, what you took from your earlier years in Minnesota, maybe even Philly when you were a younger pitcher being on teams that were in playoffs and contending and how you apply that now.
KYLE LOHSE: I've grown a lot, I think, since those times back then. I was probably more of a thrower. I would go up there, I threw a little bit harder but not hard enough to blow guys away obviously.
It was a good experience. I wish‑‑ everybody always says, you wish you knew what you know now back then when you were younger. That was the case for me, I learned how to pitch a lot better. Got a lot better game plan. Used my experience from those days to get where I'm at now.
Back then, I just threw as hard as I could for as long as I could, and that's not a very good recipe for success. Now I've learned how to control the counts, control my emotions for the most part and go out there and treat it just like any other game. That's one of the toughest things to do is to mentally block out everything else and not worry about anything other than making the pitches that I need to do to be successful. Those are things that you learn over time through experience, and that's something that I've been able to learn from.
Q. Tomorrow's game, you'll either have a chance to close out the series or be taking the mound hoping to extend your team's season. How does that affect your mind‑set going into the start, and why have the Cardinals had as much success as they have had in elimination games?
KYLE LOHSE: Well, for the first question, I'm not going to handle it differently either way. I'm going out there with the mind‑set that, you know, I've got this really good lineup that I've got to go out there and do my best to shut down, regardless of whether it's to prolong the season‑‑ either way, the way I look at it, it's to prolong our season, whether we are up 2‑1 or down 1‑2. That's not going to change my mind‑set.
I experienced what it's like to be in a win‑or‑go‑home situation in my last outing and felt I handled that well.
Your second question was?
Q. The success you guys have had in elimination games.
KYLE LOHSE: We learned last year going down the stretch when we were down ten‑and‑a‑half games with however many we had left, what it's like to play under those kind of pressure situations, and we saw how if you just take it one game at a time, we're not looking at, hey, we have got to win two‑out‑of‑three here in Washington. We're looking at it, we have to win today. That's the approach we took last year. We have to win today and worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes, and we've done a good job of that.
You know, winning just about every game we absolutely had to, and I think when you start doing that, you realize you can do that; your confidence goes up. And we have got a lot of young guys and veterans that went through it last year, and you know, you just learn how to block out all that stuff and concentrate on the moment that you're in right now and we have done a good job of that. We look to continue doing that.
Mike Matheny has done a great job of continuing that thought process and keeping us focused on the here‑and‑now and not worry about future or what may happen. We've got to stay in the moment.
Q. How important is it for you to have Yadier Molina behind the plate?
KYLE LOHSE: Yadi is definitely getting the recognition we all feel he deserves. He does a great job of studying hitters along with us, knowing our pitchers, our strengths.
This past season, I basically go in at the start, we talk about our game plan and go out there and have fun. I don't really hardly shake him ever‑‑ I shook him the last game, and that was the first time I shook him in 20‑odd games‑‑ not telling anybody anything they don't know, my curveball is something I kind of have in my back pocket. I don't use a whole lot.
So he does that. He shuts down the running game, which is huge. I'm a guy who people don't try to steal on too much because I vary my time and I'm quick to the plate. But when you have a catcher back there that's as good as he is, just pretty much shuts down that running game and that's a huge advantage to not have to worry too much about that guy and the adjustments he makes in game about seeing what the hitter is trying to do. With me, a lot of times the hitter is trying to take away my changeup and we make the adjustment.
He sees it the same time I do, that, okay, now we have to do something else. I don't have to worry about him just calling pitches, not, you know, paying attention to what's going on in the game. He's very smart and does a great job back there.
Q. What's Mike been like during this? First time he's ever been a manager in the playoffs. Have you been impressed with the way he's handled himself?
KYLE LOHSE: Yeah, he's done a great job of keeping us, like I was saying before, in the moment and not worrying about things outside of our control. It's kind of really been a continuation of what we had last year with Tony. He's done a great job of handling the team, handling the pressure, knowing what comes along; that you guys are going to second‑guess a lot of things. He stays true to himself and does what he believes needs to be done.
In the clubhouse, we have confidence that he knows what he's doing, and knowing that he has our backs at all times, also, is a huge advantage and I think he's handled it very well; we are here now. He's obviously done a lot of things right to be able to put us in situations where we'll be successful and handle it very well.
Q. Do you get a chance to watch any of the other series, and if you do, do you see any trends? Anything that really jumps out at you this year?
KYLE LOHSE: You know, I watched a little bit. Probably watched quite a bit of the Cincinnati/San Francisco series. You know, you just try‑‑ I'm not trying to get too far ahead of myself, but you just try to see who's hot, who's not. I haven't watched too much of the American League stuff. It's too early to start worrying about those other teams, because we have to take care of business. But you know, the thing that strikes me is there's no clear favorite, I believe. I think ‑‑ you saw us last year; we got hot at the right time, and I think that's what it takes to win this whole thing is you've got to have guys executing and getting hot at the most crucial times.
I have a lot of confidence in our guys knowing what we did last year and we've got pretty much the same group back. So I don't pay too much attention, but you keep your eye out.
Here was Chris Carpenter yesterday:
Q. Just what has it taken to get to this point and have this stage this year.
CHRIS CARPENTER: Well, obviously everybody knows that it wasn't supposed to happen. But I'm excited for it. Like I said all along, put a lot of work into it, the medical staff put a lot of work into it. The trainers did a great job. And I put a lot of work into it to hopefully have this opportunity; I didn't know if I was going to have this opportunity or not, and fortunately, I do. I'm looking forward to it. If you're not excited about pitching in a game like this, there's no need to play this game. That's what it's all about is coming out and having an opportunity to pitch in the post‑season when everything matters, and hopefully do the best you can to give your team a chance to win.
Q. You've pitched quite often in your career and not at your best physically; last night we had a situation with Jaime who by his own admission was not right. As teammates, how do you come down on that decision when you're facing such a big situation like that, and there's a sense of responsibility but at the same time, maybe putting your team at risk, as well.
CHRIS CARPENTER: Ultimately, you can or you can't. As an athlete, especially as a professional athlete, we know our bodies, and we know what we can put our bodies through.
You get to a point where you're going to hurt your team and you have to‑‑ it's hard; it's hard to admit that, but because you want to do everything you can. Ultimately he made the right decision. You could tell he wasn't his self, and we all know that he's been battling shoulder stuff for a while now, and to put his team before him, you have to credit that; to get out of there and know that he wasn't going to be effective and give Lance a chance to go in there and shut them down and give us a chance to win that game, because we needed to win that game yesterday.
Q. You've battled adversity injury in your career and come back numerous times. What is it about your character or things you experienced early in your career that has enabled you to do this?
CHRIS CARPENTER: That's a great question. I don't know. I played with some great young‑‑ when I was young, some great players that I looked up to; Pat Hankin, Woody Williams, David Wells, Roger Clemens, guys that were ultimate competitors in all kinds of different ways. And I learned a lot from them; how important this game is, how important your day is. Every fifth day, you get one chance of making a statement or give your team or help your team in any way. You make that important.
I continued to make that important. And with all of these injuries and everything that's gone on in my career, I don't know. I wasn't ready to stop playing. I'm still not ready to stop playing. I enjoy the competition. I love going out and competing against the best in the world. And I know that some day it will end, but hopefully it won't end too soon.
Q. The way you guys line up in this rotation now, to win two‑out‑of‑three here, it seems to be pretty favorable for you. How confident are you in the guys you're throwing out there on the mound?
CHRIS CARPENTER: Well, I unfortunately sat back and watched these guys pitch all year and they did a great job all year. That's what got us here. They were consistent through that starting rotation all year long.
You have to take it one game at a time. These guys on the other side, there's a reason why they won as many games as they did all year. They have thrown out some pretty good calibre pitches themselves, and a pretty good offense with guys that love to compete.
This is a nice team to compete against, because they all compete pretty much the same way, as our team competes, and that's hard every day, fair, and they play the game the right way.
It's going to be an interesting next two‑out‑of‑three. It will be a lot of fun. I'm not going to say that they don't either. They have got some quality guys.
Q. A year ago we were talking about all the innings that you had on your shoulder this year; and now the innings you don't have, can you contrast those two things and what it means going into the playoffs, and whether it's an advantage or not that you don't have the mileage.
CHRIS CARPENTER: To be honest with you, I'd much rather have all the innings than not the innings, because you know what you're going to get‑‑ what have I thrown, 17 innings or something. You know, that's not too many innings to work the kinks out in live games.
But I'm confident in my stuff. My stuff's gotten better each time out. It was good last time against Cincinnati, and I'm looking forward to it being better this time out, too. It's hard to contrast. Like I said, I almost wish I had all the innings, because at least you know what you're going in with.
Q. I was going to ask about getting better those three starts. Can you elaborate on the velocity and how you got better over those three?
CHRIS CARPENTER: The Chicago game, the first time out, there was nothing there. I was actually pretty surprised because it was worse than any of my simulated games where I didn't know what was going on. But I made it through, I made my pitches and gave my teammates a chance. Each time out, my stuff got sharper. My velocity went up. My command got better and my endurance got better.
The game in Cincinnati, the first three or so innings, I felt like my old self, and then I started battling a little bit mechanically and physically, but I'm excited about the way I feel. I'm excited to have this opportunity.
Q. Was there a point during your rehab or even multiple points where you thought, it's not going to happen?
CHRIS CARPENTER: No. As soon as‑‑ like I said, I've said all along, there was no typical rehab protocol. It wasn't like it was a Tommy John or a shoulder and you can't do anything or you're in a brace. It was basically you have four weeks to let the incision, the scars and the damage and the trauma they did with taking out the rib and muscles and stuff in there to heal.
As soon as that happened, it was time to go. You start strengthening and you start exercising. After the four weeks, I went and actually called the doctor and asked him if I could start running‑‑ before the four weeks I asked him if I could start running, because I just felt like I could do something to start getting better. He had said no. He's like, I would rather you not. And I was like, well, I feel fine, if I can't hurt anything, I want to start.
He's like, well, you can't hurt anything, you're not going to damage anything, just be careful. So I was just, all right, when the guys were on on the road, I would go down to the track down by my house and started running and started getting in shape. Those first few times, breathing with the way the stuff‑‑ the trauma that was going on in here was a little difficult but after a week or so, it got better. I went from that and slowly started strengthening and getting my arm going and everything came back pretty fast.
As soon as that stuff started happening, I felt like I was getting in shape and I knew that my arm strength was getting there, I wasn't concerned about my body. My legs and everything else condition‑wise was fine. I worked hard leading up to surgery to stay in shape. Once my arm started coming back, I knew I was going to press and asked them to see if I could try to get back.
Q. Mike has mentioned in recent weeks how influential you were with Lance Lynn in August and September, talking him through the transition to bullpen. Can you convey what message you gave to him and your outlook on his potential?
CHRIS CARPENTER: Yeah, I love Lance Lynn. I think he's got an opportunity to be a fantastic one, two guy, starting pitcher, lead guy. He's got the competitiveness inside him. He's got the demeanor to do it.
He was going through a tough time. Everybody has to remember, and I said this to a few of the guys; that he's a 25‑year‑old kid. I went through a lot of tough‑‑ this is a hard game. This is his first full year. This isn't an easy game. He goes from thinking he's going to be a reliever to starting and trying to step into my shoes in spring training and turning into an All‑Star; his expectations, he's got things going on on the field, the way he's reacting to umpires or positions that the manager is putting out there. There's all kinds of different things that go through your mind when you're a young kid and you have to learn to control those emotions when you're on the field.
He wasn't controlling them in the right way, and you have to learn from those situations, and he ends up in the bullpen. I'm proud of him that he's come back and done what he's done, because it takes some edge, it takes some guts to do that. And my message was to be himself; learn from your mistakes. You're going to screw up. People are going to look at you funny. But be yourself, because you can't go out there and pitch like somebody that you're not.
He's gone back out there with that edge, with that attitude and letting it fly, because that's what he is.
Q. As a baseball fan, a baseball lover yourself, what are your thoughts and feelings of what the Nationals have done this year; almost 80 years without a post‑season game and here they are.
CHRIS CARPENTER: Yeah, it's great. Like I said earlier, it's great because they have got a good group of guys over there that really compete hard and compete the way you're supposed to compete. There's no BS. They just come to the park every day to play. That's a reflection of their manager. He's been around a long time and done a lot of great things, and some of the veterans over there that are leading the young kids.
They have got some talent. They have some serious talent. You knew it coming into spring training, everybody was talking about it during the year being a surprise. We weren't surprised about it, I know that. We faced them down there in spring, and you start running that pitching staff out there with those young, aggressive hitters. It's not a surprise to me. And I am excited for the city. They have taken it over well, and we needed to have these guys come out and be consistent and put something together and hopefully they can make a run at the playoffs for a long time.
Q. When you've had big games, how do you avoid being over‑amped when you start overthrowing the ball, and how do you keep the emotions in check?
CHRIS CARPENTER: One, it's called experience, and it happens where you're going to get excited. There's no question about it. Like I said, this is what I live for. I woke up this morning; it's the day before and I got that going in my stomach already. I couldn't wait to get here and talk to you guys, do my thing. It's an exciting time.
But you learn how to deal with those distractions. You have family in town, you're leaving tickets and people everywhere. Everything's different. You learn how to deal with it.
Ultimately, this game comes down one thing, and that's executing pitches on my side. If I can make pitches and I do it the right way, I'm going to have success. It's how you deal with getting yourself into that situation, that relaxed state to be able to do that. And it's all mental and you stay out there and you continue to talk to yourself, you continue to make you have the right thoughts in your mind to be able to go out there and execute a pitch, because that's how simple it is. If you can relax and do it, you'll have success most of the time, and the only way you can do that is if you can get yourself in that spot.
RT @barrysvrluga: Frank Robinson spending some pregame time reminiscing with fans about '05, etc. Says when Desmond asked to wear his no ...by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:14:55 PM
I think it’s a shame that the HoF is so statistically driven (or at least seems to be). If the purpose really is to honor the best of the best, the most successful, the most competitive; then I don’t see how Carpenter doesn’t get voted in. But, because of his injuries I just don’t see him making it, which is a wrong. Of all the people I’ve seen in MLB no one represents those qualities better.
Heard either Davey Johnson or Ian Desmond will catch Frank Robinson's first pitch. Davey a former teammate, Desmond wears 20 for Frank.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:23:09 PM
Here's an "easy" question. What is the fewest number of pitches must a pitcher, who starts and ends the game, throw to get a win? I think one is the answer. Pitcher starts game with one pitch. Pitcher then moved to outfield. 5 innings later, the pitcher (now playing the outfield) comes in with a runner on base. He picks off the runner, getting the last out of the inning. In the home half of the inning his team scores the go ahead run. Game ended to rain... 1 pitch, gets the win, as a reliever. What do you guys think?
@gordoszone Can Cueto pitch in the NLCS or does putting him on the DL during the NLDS disqualify him for the CS?by dingleb11 via twitter 10/10/2012 4:31:31 PM
For those unfamiliar with the MLB injury replacement rule, the exiting player cannot play in the next series. Cueto is out til World Seriesby Jeff Gordon via twitter 10/10/2012 4:32:37 PM
Hey Jeff - I (knocking on wood) feel confident in the Cards abilities to make it to the NLCS based on how our pitching and postseason experience matches up against WAS.
CIN scares me... the back of their bullpen is SCARY. Don't give CIN a lead if you expect to get it back. How do you feel about our chances are advancing to the WS?
Try that again: Johnny Cueto's injury will compromise the Reds should they reach the NLCS, Big drop-off to Mike Leake.by Jeff Gordon via twitter 10/10/2012 4:35:14 PM
#Nats introductions starting. Staff running out of the dugout on a red carpet.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:42:39 PM
Big pop for #Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:43:38 PM
Big cheer for Game 1 hero Tyler Moore.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:44:28 PM
Large ovation for Stephen Strasburg.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:45:45 PM
Suzuki offered a big defensive upgrade when he arrived in August in a trade. But as this story notes, the Washington pitchers haven't been great at holding runners. www.washingtonpost.com
Biggest cheer yet for Davey.by AdamKilgoreBG via twitter 10/10/2012 4:48:36 PM
Will the Cards look at more straight steal or hit and runs as runs may be at a premium today depending on which Edwin Jackson shows up? Do you think Washington's poor caught stealing rate (second to last in NL) is attributed to pitchers inability to hold runners close or Suzuki's throwing ability?
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