JIM LEYLAND: I don't know, the first day,
yes, and then you win the second game, so
everything is okay, and you don't notice those kind
of things, then you lose tonight. So certainly you
pick up on those things again. That's a possibility
and I'm sure you guys -- that might be a good
question for them.
I don't really know the answer. I don't think
so. I think that, you know, we're pretty zeroed in
on what we're trying to do. And like I said, tonight
you've got to credit Chris Carpenter and I also
credit our pitcher, Nate Robertson. I thought he
did a good job.
Jim, earlier it looked like Carpenter
was having trouble throwing his breaking ball
for a strike. Are they not recognizing it out of
his hand or overanxious?
JIM LEYLAND: It may not be a strike, but
it's got that tight rotation and tight spin. It's a pretty
good breaking ball, obviously, and it's just not that
easy. So I would never do anything to take
anything away from Chris Carpenter's performance
tonight. It was outstanding and obviously, like I
said, I will add that obviously you also have to get
some hits now and then off good pitchers. If you
don't, you're in trouble.
But it was a combination, we didn't swing
real good. But you have to tip your hat to Chris
Carpenter, and I tip my hat to our starting pitcher.
In the fourth inning, was Inge's
decision to go home with that ground ball a
concession with how difficult it was going to be
to score runs off Carpenter?
JIM LEYLAND: I think it was definitely the
right decision. I don't think there's any question
about that. He knew there was a good chance that
runs would be stingy tonight. And like I said, it
wasn't like they really knocked the ball all over the
ballpark either, but they took advantage of things.
We made some mistakes. And you've got the wild
pitch to get another run. And things kind of fell
apart. When you get two or three hits in a game
you always look bad, that's just the way it is. You
But like I said, they took advantage of a
couple of opportunities. Edmonds got a big hit.
And we helped them a little bit. We had a double
play ball that we turned into two runs for them.
The first three games of the series
have been dominated by starting pitching.
With the rest of the guys going in the series, do
you expect this to continue throughout the
JIM LEYLAND: Normally when you get to
a World Series, there's good pitching on both
teams and that's certainly the case here, that's the
way it is. And you talk on how do you get to the
World Series? You get there with good pitching.
And these are two teams that have very good
pitching and we've had it all year. And the
Cardinals, because of some injuries from time to
time have been a little shaky, but obviously
Weaver picked them up, Suppan has been
tremendous, and Carpenter is always tremendous.
They're on a roll right now with their staff, and
we've pretty much been on a roll all year with our
There's one common denominator, if you
get to the World Series, you have to have good
pitching and you have to beat one to win.
In the regular season when a team is
slumping you can do certain things lineup-wise
and stuff, can you do anything in the World
Series or is it just what it is?
JIM LEYLAND: I'll tell you what, that's a
very good question. I'm going to sleep on it, I'm
not sure who's going to play tomorrow. I don't
know what it's going to look like, and I'm certainly
not going to talk about that. I would obviously talk
to a player before I would ever maybe play
someone else or give somebody a rest or try
something else. So obviously I wouldn't give that
information out tonight, but it's a possibility.
You had two outstanding defensive
plays by the Cardinals in the seventh inning, by
Pujols and by our right fielder. How did that
JIM LEYLAND: Wilson made a pretty
good one, too, in the last inning. I think if you've
been listening to my press conferences, I said all
along they're pretty good.
In a series like this, teams come in
1-1, how important is the third game? Is it sort
of a turning point in the series or not?
JIM LEYLAND: No, I don't think so.
Everybody has their different philosophies on that.
I've seen where somebody said if you win Game 1,
they'll win most of the time, that percentage. I read
an article today where Joe Torre said he thought
the most important game was Game 2. Basically
what this means is that the Cardinals went up 2-1.
If we don't swing the bats better they'll go up 3-1.
That's as simple as it is. But at the same time
when I say that, I think we'll swing the bats better.
We're certainly not conceding anything. I think this
is a great atmosphere. It's World Series baseball
and it's fun to be here and we need to grind it out.
But we do need to swing the bats a little better,
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