Tag:Esteban German
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:05 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 12:53 pm

Overheard: Notes and Quotes from Game 1

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals took down the Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series with a 3-2 victory. Here are some of the post-game notes and quotes from Busch Stadium.

• The Game 1 winner of the World Series has gone on to win the entire series 65 times out of 106, but it's held true far more often recently. The Game 1 winner has won the series seven of the last eight World Series and 12 of the last 14. Even further, the home teams that won Game 1 of the World Series have won the whole series every single year since 1993.

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• "I enjoy talking about it because he's not just a great hitter, he's a great baseball player," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Albert Pujols' defensive gem to end the Rangers' sixth inning. "You'll see him do something on the bases. Defensively he's a Gold Glover several times now and he's clutch. He knows exactly who the runner is, who the hitter is, the situation. He's so aware of how the game is being played. That's the play of the game, really, for us."

• With the win Wednesday night, Chris Carpenter now has eight postseason wins for the Cardinals, which sets the franchise record. He was previously tied with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson at seven.

• "That ball in the first, uh, I think we need to work on that one next spring," Carpenter said with a laugh of his diving save. "It was just an instinct, (Pujols) threw it a little out of my reach and I dove."

• The Rangers' relievers now have a 2.22 ERA in the postseason while the Cardinals' relievers have a 2.38 ERA.

• "Well, I thought C.J. (Wilson) did a good job tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of his starting pitcher. "Yep, he may have walked some guys and he hit Albert (Pujols), but he was in a 2-2 ballgame and he was battling Carpenter. As far as I was concerned, it was a pretty good ballgame, and C.J. did his job."

• Wilson walked six batters. The last time a starting pitcher walked six batters in the World Series? Scott Kazmir of the Rays in 2008. Before that, you have to go back to Livan Hernandez in 1997.

• "Can you guarantee me that, if I used (Yorvit Torrealba), he would have done anything different? I used the guy that I thought could get me the base hit," Washington said of his decision to pinch hit with Esteban German in the pivotal seventh. German hadn't had an at-bat since Sept. 25.

• Cardinals closer -- even though La Russa won't overtly say he's the closer -- Jason Motte now has worked nine innings this postseason. He's only allowed one hit and has picked up five saves.

• Carpenter invoked "The Blind Side" -- a book that was made into a movie about the life of Ravens' left tackle Michael Oher -- to describe what catcher Yadier Molina means to him. Carpenter likened Molina's role to that of a left tackle protecting the quarterback -- with the pitcher being the QB in the metaphor.

• "It's just one," said Cardinals third baseman David Freese. "We need to get three more."

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:13 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 11:27 pm

Cardinals take Game 1 behind Craig's big hit

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead in the World Series after a 3-2 win in Game 1.

Hero: Allen Craig came on to pinch hit in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and third, a tie game and two outs. He delivered a line drive down the right field line that ended up a game-winning single. Having him as a weapon off the bench is huge for the Cardinals, and will be even bigger when the series shifts to Texas and a DH spot becomes available.

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Goat: It's a tough call here, because this was a pretty well-played game by both teams that could have gone either way. But Alexi Ogando was brought in from the bullpen to get a big out. That's what his job has been and will continue to be. He didn't come through Wednesday night. C.J. Wilson putting the runners on base also bears mention here, but Ogando's job is to be the bailout guy. He didn't bail Wilson out.

Turning point: There were three big ones. The first was the Cardinals' initial 2-0 lead on a Lance Berkman single. The next was Mike Napoli's game-tying, two-run homer. And then Craig's big hit ultimately proved the biggest play of the game and was the defining turning point after Napoli's shot.

It was over when ... In the top of the seventh, the Rangers put two runners on base with one out. Marc Rzepczynski was summoned to face the left-handed hitting David Murphy. Rangers manager Ron Washington countered with right-handed Craig Gentry. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa elected to stick with Rzepczynski against both Gentry and fellow righty Esteban German -- even with right-hander Octavio Dotel warming in the bullpen. Rzepczynski struck both out to end the threat. It would be the Rangers' last threat of the game.

Next: Game 2 is Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. ET, here in St. Louis. The Cardinals will run Jaime Garcia out to the mound while the Rangers are going with Colby Lewis. Look for the Game 2 preview here at Eye On Baseball very soon.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:10 am

Rangers add two left-handed relievers to roster

The Rangers have made two changes to the roster for the ALCS. Being bumped is infielder Esteban German along with right-handed reliever Dustin Nippert as MLB.com relays.

Michael Kirkman In place of German and Nippert, lefties Michael Kirkman (photo right) and Clay Rapada have joined the squad. The move to bring in more lefty relief isn't surprising, as the Yankees have countless lefties and/or switch-hitters up and down the lineup that bringing in a lefty would help neutralize.

German isn't needed as the last man off the bench and only collected 16 plate appearances for the Ranger on the year. He received a spot ahead of Andres Blanco and Joaquin Arias.

Also bounced from the roster is Nippert. Used primarily in relief but with the ability to go long or make a spot start, the 29-year-old posted a 4.29 ERA in 56 2/3 innings. He has some control problems, but was still a strong part of the bullpen. However, given the three-deep setup corps of Darren O'Day, Darren Oliver, and Alex Ogando, Texas could afford to bounce Nippert in favor of a left-hander.

Both Kirkman and Rapada don't have a lot of major-league time, which just goes to show you how important pitching from the south side against the Yankees can be. Kirkman, 23, pitched 16 1/3 innings for Texas and had a sterling 1.65 ERA although he walked 10, also whiffing 16. He hasn't given up a home run, so that 1.65 ERA is incredibly misleading despite his clear advantage when it comes to racking up strikeouts.

Kirkman is a starter, and pitched in that capacity for Triple-A the entire year. He had a 3.09 ERA in 131 total innings, striking out 130 but tacking on 68 walks. Command may be an issue in October.

Clay Rapada Rapada (photo right) spent his first season with the Rangers in Triple A after being acquired from the Tigers. He did contribute nine innings to Texas, striking out five, but walking seven and giving up four runs. His ERA was 1.82 in the minors over 59 1/3 innings, walking 21 and whiffing 61.

Neither Kirkman or Rapada are ideal choices for a postseason spot. After all, there's a reason the two spent the majority in Triple-A. Given who the Rangers are up against, however, it was the right choice.

-- Evan Brunell

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