Not THE Game 7. But A Game 7.
I’m very much of the opinion — and I know I’m not alone in this; it’s not exactly a revolutionary thought — that the team that wins tonight’s game, wins the series. If the Cards win, it’s hard to imagine Carpenter not closing it out in Game 6. If the Mets win, it’s hard to imagine them losing twice at home with the chance to win the pennant.
None of that is certain, of course, but it seems fair to say that this is a pretty definitive game in this series. So I asked TLR before the game if he manages it that way. I asked if, essentially, he plays this game like a Game 7, with all hands on deck. And he said yes. Here’s his answer, and I think if you’re Cardinals fan, it’s exactly what you would want to hear:
"I think so. You’ve got a couple things going. It’s the get-the-edge
game. And you do have Chris (Carpenter) behind (for Game 6), who’s got a real good opportunity to pitch deep
into the game. So, yeah, I don’t think it’s a game where you think about not
using the whole pen — except probably Looper — as early and as often as you
The double-negative might make it a bit harder to follow. To translate: all hands on deck, all relievers except Looper (who pitched 3 innings, 2 days ago) available, sell out to win this game. I think it’s the right play.