the doctahs say that if the cardinals advance to the nlcs, mark mulder can't pitch before game 3. fine. if he can go in 3 (next saturday), that'd put him in line to pitch game (ulp) 7 of that series. morris pitches tonight; his next regular turn would come on thursday, which is game 2 of the nlcs. so we could line `em up carp 1, morris 2, mulder 3 vs hou or hotlanta --
-- but suppose this series runs the full 5? either suppan or marquis pitches tomorrow, which would make that guy's next regular turn friday, an nlcs off day; ok, saturday -- nope, that's game 3, mulder's turn. alright, dammit, sunday . . . . but wait a second. if we postulate a five-game series, that means chris carpenter would pitch monday, and his regular turn would fall next saturday -- game friggin' 3. logjam city.
so how would it go? presumably whoever doesn't start tomorrow (suppan or marquis) would open the nlcs, by default; every other starter would be on short rest or injured. morris would pitch game 2, carpenter 3, mulder 4, then supp/marquis 5, morris 6, carpenter 7 . . .. suboptimal, to say the least.
that's one of many reasons to close this series out asap, and not let the padres back into it.
Update [2005-10-8 21:57:45 by lboros]: miklasz has the lineups posted -- tony stands pat for 3 consec games:
|eckstein ss||roberts cf|
|edmonds cf||loretta 2b|
|pujols 1b||giles rf|
|walker rf||klesko lf|
|sanders lf||hernandez c|
|grud'k 2b||fick 1b|
|nunez 3b||greene ss|
|molina c||randa 3b|
|morris p||williams p|