Carpenter shuts down Padres: Cardinals will open the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on Wednesday.
posted by justgary to baseball at 02:12 AM - 21 comments
This should turn out to be a pretty good series with a lot of runs scored, as neither team has the pitching to keep it from happening, the anemic Padres offense notwithstanding.
posted by insomnyuk at 03:34 AM on October 09
Aside from Suppan having a bad outing, I am not so sure I doubt the Cards pitching. The Mets on the other hand had some struggles but overcame them. I just don't believe that they were playing against pitching as tough as what they will face against St. Louis
posted by jojomfd1 at 05:42 AM on October 09
2:12am, 3:43am, 5:42am... sheesh I watched the first half of an inning and Carpenter looked awful and I thought for sure there would be a game 5. How could the Cards look so awful the last couple of weeks and then take out the Pads like it was no big deal? I like the Mets in the upcoming series but only because the're my last remaining survivor in the lockerroom pick em.
posted by tron7 at 11:08 AM on October 09
How could the Cards look so awful the last couple of weeks and then take out the Pads like it was no big deal? The Padres couldn't hit their way out of a paper sack. If you put more than 4 runs up against them then you win. Simple as that. The Cards just had wayyyyyyy to much fire power. The NL West is just obviously the weakest Division in baseball.
posted by LA-4-Life at 02:55 PM on October 09
If you put more than 4 runs up against them then you win. Simple as that. Sure, but they generally don't give up many runs, having one of the best team ERAs and the best defensive efficiency in the league. If it weren't for that, the Padres wouldn't have gotten to where they did.
posted by LionIndex at 03:21 PM on October 09
Does Kurt Bevacqua still play for the Padres?
posted by chris2sy at 03:23 PM on October 09
If it weren't for that, the Padres wouldn't have gotten to where they did. Actually, if they didn't have the benefit of playing against the other weak teams in the NL West, they probably wouldn't even have broken .500.
posted by LA-4-Life at 04:22 PM on October 09
Being a Cardinal fan, I must say this has been a very wierd year. After having their hiting fall apart the last couple of post seasons, it is nice to see the bats finally show up. I was scared of them being swept instead of winning. As far as the picthing, thank goodness that Izzy is hurt. I would have bet against the Cards if he wasn't on the dl. Post season is nerve racking enough without having him pitching the ninth.
posted by dropzone at 07:26 PM on October 09
Everybody PALEEEZEE chill! Let's look at Carp, the man... Canadian wash-out, Cardinals reclaimation, for whom they paid NOTHING for his rebuilt ass. CY YOUNG winner, solid citizen, takes no prisoners, and y'all freak when he has an Ankiel moment! Carp, Jimmy Adventure, Albert "da Mang", the "So Man", DUH-nk and the gang will get through the NL. It's Leyland and the A's that worry me.... It's losing that All Star travesty that'll take us down. Rock, Red!!!!!
posted by wolfdad at 09:58 PM on October 09
When someone translates what wolfdad said, please let me know.
posted by grum@work at 10:46 PM on October 09
When someone translates what wolfdad said, please let me know. Wolfdad made perfect sense to me. If you bled Cardinal Red you would know that he is refering to our ace, centerfielder, 1st baseman, Ichiro Lite (aka Taguchi), rookie slugger, et al. In case you don't understand the first paragraph, Walt Jocketty is very good at finding inexpensive acquistions and giving them a try. When searching for a diamond in the rough sometimes you get a Carpenter, but sometimes you wind up with a Ponson. As for the Ankiel reference.......Surely to God you know something about Rick Ankiel!!! Rock Red Indeed wolfdad!!!!
posted by imanage at 11:15 PM on October 09
I actually did understand what wolfdad wrote, but breaking out into team lingo and less familiar nicknames ("So Man"? That one I had to guess.) like some sort of bizarre roll call is not really contributing much to the discussion (other than identifying yourself to others as a fan of that team). And yes, I understand the Ankiel reference. It's a more up-to-date twist on "Steve Blass disease".
posted by grum@work at 11:35 PM on October 09
It's Leyland and the A's that worry me When did Leyland start to manage the A's?
posted by jojomfd1 at 11:52 PM on October 09
Wolfdad made perfect sense to me. If you bled Cardinal Red you would know that he is refering to our ace, centerfielder, 1st baseman, Ichiro Lite (aka Taguchi), rookie slugger, et al. So, you two just decided to make this a big ol' Cardinals homer site, eh? Well, thanks for making yourselves comfortable. How about comments that actually further the discussion instead of taking turns slapping each other on the back and speaking in kissing-under-the-bleachers-code, m'kay? Surely to God you know something about Rick Ankiel!!! Of course I do...he's the monumental failure who suddenly forgot how to throw the ball over the plate, and is currently on the DL. And don't call me Shirley.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:34 AM on October 10
Ichiro Lite (aka Taguchi) If only diet versions of food products advertised in this manner had such a difference in substance.
posted by yerfatma at 06:26 AM on October 10
When someone translates what wolfdad said, please let me know. So, you two just decided to make this a big ol' Cardinals homer site, eh? Well, thanks for making yourselves comfortable. Christ, lighten up, Francis(es).
posted by wfrazerjr at 07:43 AM on October 10
I think its Francii.
posted by jerseygirl at 08:11 AM on October 10
posted by qbert72 at 08:27 AM on October 10
Yeah. I mean, can't we just be happy for them that the parking lot of the Fat Tuesday on N 2nd Street now has wi-fi?
posted by BullpenPro at 08:54 AM on October 10
I have never heard Ankiel's career described as a "monumental failure" before. Adjectives most oft used to describe his career have included "odd", "unfortunate", "disappointing". and "mysterious", and, early in his career, those adjectives included "promising", "accomplished", and, "dominant". If, in fact, one looks at his early career, (including his high school ball), it becomes quite apparent that he was anything but a failure. His book is not closed yet, either.
posted by mjkredliner at 09:43 AM on October 10
If it weren't for that, the Padres wouldn't have gotten to where they did. Actually, if they didn't have the benefit of playing against the other weak teams in the NL West, they probably wouldn't even have broken .500. I'm getting pretty tired of the "Weak NL West" arguement. It may have been true last year, when the whole division struggled with injuries to key players, but not this year. Last time I checked, both the Padres and the Dodgers had a better record than the Cardinals in the regular season. Sure, they both lost in the first round, but shit happens in the post season. Just ask the Yankees... :) Take a look at the standings at the end of the season and you'll see that the NL Central was weaker - having had a losing record against both the NL East and NL West. Even the Phillies, who didn't make the playoff, were a better team than the division winner. Also, say what you want about the Padres and why they made the post season, but it wasn't by beating on their NL West rivals (39-36 record inside the division, owed mostly to their domination of the Dodgers this past season).
posted by CountZero at 01:59 PM on October 10
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