Reigning Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter posted a lights-out 1.81 ERA in 17 home starts this season. The Tigers counter with Nate Robertson.
All eyes may be on Kenny Rogers and his dirty dealing, but real story tonight is a must-win opportunity for the Cardinals. Ace hurler Chris Carpenter is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven post-season starts. Should the Cards squander this opportunity, they face an uphill battle for sure.
They’re also counting on a better showing from their up-and-down lineup. St. Louis hitters managed just four hits and a lone ninth-inning run in Game 2. They’ll try finding a spark against left-hander Nate Robertson (1-1, 5.91 ERA), who’s making his first start in two weeks. Robertson was rocked in his first post- season start versus the Yankees, but rebounded to shut down Oakland over five innings back on Oct. 10. If the Cardinals have any hope of outlasting the Tigers, they must capitalize on tonight's matchup.