Thursday, October 19, 2006

This is why I don't bet on sports.

If you remember yesterday's entry, I was heavily leaning toward a Cardinals win, based on the matchup of defending Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter against unheralded rookie John Maine, who was essentially a throw-in in the deal that sent Anna..., er, Kris Benson to the Orioles.

Of course, it was Maine who came out on top, winning the game 4-2. That's why they play the games, right?

Tonight's matchup seems just as lopsided. The Cardinals are pitching Jeff Suppan, a respectable if not outstanding pitcher who dominated the Mets in game 3, pitching 8 shutout innings. The Mets are sending out Oliver Perez, who is very likely the worst pitcher ever to start a deciding game in a playoff series. He compiled a 3-13 record and a 6+ ERA pitching for the Pirates and Mets this year.

Stranger things have happened in game 7's however (see Grady Little's handling of the Red Sox pitching staff two years ago). It should be exciting, in any event, as this is the game that decides who gets the right to lose to the Tigers.


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