Now that Albert Pujols has joined the elite in the World Series with 3 HR’s in one game, it will be interesting to see how the Rangers pitch to him. Elvis Andrus talked today about making Matt Holliday beat you instead of Albert, but I’m still not sold on the idea that Pujols is all of a sudden going to wipe away a season of not being patient when being pitched around. Again, I hope I’m wrong, and if Texas does try to pitch around Pujols and he takes his walks, the Cards should be fine. The fact is though, Pujols had the fewest amount of walks in his career in 2011, finishing the year with 61. That’s one of the main reasons why I have been and will continue to be against signing the aging wonder to a Cardinal crippling contract.
Moving on to game 4, it would be nice to see Edwin Jackson pitch like he wants a team to “show him the money” as well. I’m sorry, not show him, show me. Anyway, hopefully he pitches like he wants the “Kwan”. Jackson is certainly in a great position to open the eyes of a few GM’s around the league tonight. The Cardinals won’t be the ones to sign Jackson, as they already have their 5 starting pitchers locked up for 2012. This will be the last start for Jackson in a Cards uniform.
If the Cardinals could somehow come up with the win tonight, I would hope that Tony LaRussa would consider starting Jake Westbrook in game 5. Why? One, the Cardinals would be up 3 games to 1. The worst thing that could happen would be that the Cardinals would lose game 5 and come back home up 3-2. If that were the case, you could have Chris Carpenter go in game 6 at home, where he is now 6-0 lifetime in the playoffs. Also, Carpenter is 8-0 in his career when he has pitched on extra rest. Again, I’m only saying this if the Cards can win game 4. A lot of folks would say to go for the kill in game 5 if the Cards win tonight, but I really wouldn’t want to waste Carpenter starting in that HR derby park in Texas. Also, Carpenter has pitched more innings and thrown more pitches than anybody in baseball this year. An extra day of rest couldn’t hurt. Of course if the Cards lost game 6, you have Jaime Garcia to pitch at home in game 7 where he is much better. I’m getting way ahead of myself here, but anyway, that’s what I would like to see happen.
So back to tonight, I’m pulling for Pujols as much as anybody. I would love for him to duplicate last night’s performance. For the emails I got about trading Babe Ruth away if I were GM back then, thanks. When Pujols gets time to pick up about 90 wins as a starting pitcher and hits more HR’s than an entire league, let me know. Until then, I won’t do the Babe the disservice and put him and Pujols in the same category. They have one thing in common to this point, and that is that they both hit 3 HR’s in a World Series game. But then again, the Babe did it twice.