Okay, I got all the emotion out of my system about Game Four against the Braves (Make sure you read my last post). But like the Rocket says, there's still work to be done. We got a date with the Cardinals. And with destiny.
Here are the matchups:
Game One at St. Louis, Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT: Pettitte vs. Carpenter
Game Two at St. Louis, Thursday, 8 p.m.: Oswalt vs. Mulder
Everyone's mentioning Carpenter's case for the Cy Young this year. I assure you, we wouldn't even be here without Pettitte's astounding second half. Those two were definitely two of the best four pitchers in the NL. Carpenter won his first four starts against Houston, but we rocked him for five runs in six innings in his last regular season start, the culmination of a very poor finish to the season. He did rebound with six shutout innings in a Game One win against the Padres, but left early due to cramping in his arm and dehydration.
Mulder is still questionable for Game Two, but I'm fairly confident he'll be just fine by Thursday. He's also pitched well against us this year, including 10 innings of work in a 1-0 shutout against Clemens.
Clemens will start Saturday in Houston after an off day Friday, and his probable opponent will be Matt Morris. Backe will get another Game Four start at home on Sunday. Let's hope it's as good as last year's gem.
Man, I'm glad I don't have a job... I won't miss one pitch.