Tag:Chris Carpenter
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 9:10 pm

Pirates manager likes Cards in NL Central race

John Russell The Pittsburgh Pirates have played back-to-back to the top two teams in the National League Central, getting swept in St. Louis and winning one of three against the Reds in Pittsburgh.

After seeing both teams up close, Pirates manager John Russell says he likes the Cardinals down the stretch. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel :
"Because of the experience,” Russell said. “They’ve got a lot of guys who’ve been there and who’ve been through it. They know what to expect. They’ve got two horses in their rotation who’ve been to the playoffs and know what those games are like.”

Russell rated the teams’ bullpens as even. When it comes to bats, he gave Cards sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday an edge over the Reds’ Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. “Those two (Pujols and Holliday) have consistently shown they can put up great numbers,” Russell said.

Even with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright anchoring the St. Louis rotation, Russell said Cincy’s group could be the better of the two.

“The five guys they run out there are pretty good,” Russell said. “The potential downfall is the two young guys — (Mike) Leake and (Travis) Wood. As they get close, how those guys react when it’s time to make a push for a playoff spot.
Maybe the best reason to like the Cardinals -- St. Louis has nine games remaining against Russell's Pirates to Cincinnati's three. Six of the remaining games between the Pirates and Cardinals are in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh travels to Cincinnati the second week of September.

The Reds are 8-5 this season against the Pirates and the Cardinals are 5-1.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 5:16 pm

Cardinals may go to four-man rotation

The Cardinals may go to a four-man rotation for at least the upcoming week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold writes , after Jeff Suppan joins the team on Monday.

The Cardinals will make a move Monday to add Suppan to the roster and the veteran right-hander will start Tuesday against the Mariners. St. Louis has an off day on Thursday and another one next Monday, so they could go with four starters and eight relievers for the time-being. Adam Wainwright starts Monday, Suppan goes Tuesday, rookie Jaime Garcia pitches on Wednesday and then the off day would allowed Chris Carpenter to pitch on normal rest Friday against Oakland, followed then by Wainwright and Suppan to finish the series before another off day.

The move would allow the Cardinals to return Adam Ottavino to the Triple-A rotation. Ottavino allowed six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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