Thursday night tactics
You make the call:
Eighth inning, two outs. Berkman up, runner on second, Cards lead by one. Lefties Luke Scott and Aubrey Huff on deck. Flores up in the bullpen. But I’ll even let you step back in time a few minutes and warm up any reliever you want.
Here are your choices:
1. Do what they did. Leave Carp in, tell him to pitch him tough but don’t actually put him on.
2. Put Berkman on and take your chances with Scott. If you do this, who do you have face Scott, a hot-hitting lefty?
3. Pull Carp then and there. If so, for whom?
Personally, I didn’t have any problem with leaving Carp in there, but I can at least see the logic of walking him.