Jim Bowden wrote this morning on ESPN that should the Cardinals be in a position to play a one-game playoff game, (which hopefully will be the case, but I don’t want to jinx anything) Chris Carpenter should get the start.
I think Bowden makes some good points, but his blurb on the Cards’ rotation quite frankly does not make a lot of sense. How could it not be Kyle Lohse? This isn’t a movie we’re trying to plan here where the pitcher whose been on the sideline all year pitches a miraculous game to get his team to the division series. This is real life and you put out the guy who is going to give you the best chance to win. There is NO DOUBT that Kyle Lohse gives the Cardinals the best chance to win on any given start.
In 2012, Lohse is 16-3 with a 2.77 ERA and as CardsBlog writer Nadav Friedmann-Grunstein pointed out, a perfectly reasonable candidate for the Cy Young award. He has been dominant all season long and has not showed signs of slowing down. While Lohse did struggle in his one start against the Atlanta Braves this season, one start is obviously not the standard for a sample size and should really not be factored into Mike Matheny’s ultimate decision. But again, let’s cross that bridge when we get there.