ST. LOUIS -- The longer format of the National League Championship Series means that the Cardinals won't have to pitch Chris Carpenter on short rest in order to use him twice in the series. Unless they do.
With rain in the forecast for Wednesday's Game 3, it's possible that the game might not take place until Thursday. That would eliminate the off day between Games 5 and 6, and would mean that for a pitcher to appear in Games 3 and 7, he would need to pitch on three days' rest in the finale.
Manager Tony La Russa, who used Carpenter on short rest in Game 2 of the NL Division Series, said that if that scenario plays out, he'd be willing to use Carpenter in Game 7.
"I know that Milwaukee and St. Louis do not want to get rained out [Wednesday] and pitch any one of our guys on three days' rest," La Russa said. "But, that being said, I wouldn't hesitate if he comes out of it, he's healthy. After watching him in Philadelphia, it was all about his delivery being off. Like [pitching coach Dave Duncan] said, he warmed up right, he had good command and he went out there and like it happens, just a little out of whack.
"We want to play this game [Wednesday] if we have to be here all night, and I'm sure Milwaukee does, too. If Mother Nature takes over, I have no hesitation pitching [Carpenter] on three days' rest."