The World Series starts back up tonight and the Tigers face Chris Carpenter, the Cardinal’s ace and last year’s Cy Young winner. Have you noticed that Nate Robertson has faced the opposing team’s best pitcher in each of the three series so far? Whether intentional or not, this isn’t a bad strategy. While Robertson had a good season, I consider him our fourth best starter. If he goes against the ace, it would normally give us a distinct advantage in each of the other three games.
I’d feel a lot better about this lineup if Sean Casey could play the field so Marcus Thames could then DH. That’s a pretty big upgrade over Ramon Santiago in the lineup and it would probably give Ivan Rodriguez some protection as well. Then again, I’m not certain what Casey’s condition is.
The Cardinals were a pretty good team in their new ball park this year. They won 49 games, which was one less then the New York Mets to lead the National League. Then again, the Tigers are the best road team with 49 road wins.
I did a very brief writeup on Alan Trammell’s new job over at the 1984 Tigers site.