Update [2006-10-24 21:37:56 by lboros]: my apologies for the server problems; they are occurring network-wide across SB Nation
Update [2006-10-24 18:54:37 by lboros]: just so y'all know: that damn "detroit destiny" ad ain't my fault. i e-mailed google and asked them to take it down . . . . yeah right. but i asked.
tonight's starting lineups:
|granderson cf||eckstein ss|
|monroe lf||wilson lf|
|polanco 2b||pujols 1b|
|ordonez rf||rolen 3b|
|guillen ss||belliard 2b|
|rodriguez c||edmonds cf|
|casey 1b||molina c|
|inge 3b||taguchi rf|
|robertson p||carpenter p|
anybody understand that lineup for st louis? if you do . . . . don't tell anybody. the men in white coats'd be liable to lock you up . . .
an enterprising poster at bernie's pressbox looked up carpenter's numbers when pitching on 5 days' rest in 2006. i checked his math and came up with slightly different numbers -- only found 6 such starts, rather than 7; no big deal. here's the line i came up with:
29 baserunners in 47 innings??? that's, like, not bad. carp started to get some life back in his breaking ball the last couple innings of nlcs game 6; that, plus the extra day of rest, plus the stat line above . . . . let's hope that form holds. oh, and that we score a few runs off this left-hander. don't forget, the tigers had a devastating offense away from comerica in 2006, leading the majors in road slugging percentage (see bottom paragraph at the link). so game 3 pits our strength vs their strength. pivotal game.
a peek ahead: don't be surprised if encarnacion sits again tomorrow night. game 4 starter jeremy bonderman has a big ol' platoon split: lefties hit .284 and slugged .472 off him this year, vs the .235 / .341 right-handed batters put up. that's a career-long split for bonderman; has held true every season. so we might -- make that should -- see duncan in right and speeze or j-rod in left tomorrow night.