but perhaps Carpenter's best place really is closer... he won't have to bat (except maybe in a bunt situation) and I'm guessing there would be less wear and tear to his aging body. he still, undoubtedly, has uncanny stuff. so why not see how he fares closing?
we already are going to have to get used to having a youngster as a starting pitcher, coming up real fast. against the cubs no less.... it will be sink or swim for PJ Walters, or whoever else gets called up. they will have to stick, since we have no idea when ol' Carp will get back (or be effective). since he'll already be out, might as well switch his conditioning over to closing.
doing this would put our bullpen into a very upper echelon territory imo. just think of a bullpen of perez and motte, with carp coming in to seal the deal if necessary. add in the possibility of jess todd into the mix, and it gets pretty ridiculous if he catches on.
sorry this post doesn't have a ton of stats, and it is just pontificating, but I don't really know how to prove the Carp would be a good closer, other than he won't be used much, hopefully.
which would mean a more effective use of a key player in a huge contract for a couple more years.