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Notes: Cards rotation up in air10/22/2004 9:26 PM ET
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
BOSTON -- This we know: Woody Williams will start Game 1 of the World Series. This we do not know: much else about the Cardinals' rotation for the Fall Classic.
Manager Tony La Russa is deciding between right-handers Matt Morris and Jason Marquis to start Game 2 at Fenway Park. Morris would be pitching on three days' rest, after throwing 80 pitches in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. For Marquis, Game 2 would be on six days' rest after a difficult Game 4 start.
Both pitchers will start in the Series; it's just a question of which pitchers for which games. Jeff Suppan is expected to pitch Game 3, set for Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
"With the win yesterday and the celebration and getting packed, the architect of our pitching [pitching coach Dave Duncan] has not told me how we are going to pitch," La Russa told reporters at Friday's workout. "We played around a little bit and we still have some decisions to make. Everybody will know soon, including the pitchers."
He refused to rule out the possibility of pitching Morris, which would match up the right-hander against Boston's Curt Schilling. The two pitchers faced off in a pair of memorable games in the 2001 NL Division Series. Schilling's Diamondbacks won both contests, but Morris pitched a pair of excellent games.
"I haven't ruled that out at all," La Russa said.
Marquis said he hadn't been informed one way or the other upon arriving at the ballpark on Friday.
One other thing is sure: Neither Dan Haren nor Chris Carpenter will get a start in the World Series. St. Louis will go with the same four pitchers who started in the Division Series and NLCS.
"We're still discussing some possibilities of how to line up the rest of them," Duncan said.
Carp still a question: Carpenter threw a second bullpen session on Thursday as he attempts to recover from an arm injury, and he reported that it went very well. However, the team has yet to announce whether it will activate Carpenter to be available to pitch in relief.
"He's feeling much better," La Russa said. "He's throwing normally. But he's thrown off the mound [two times since Sept. 18], so it's a tough call. It's tough on a personal level, because we wouldn't have won in the regular season without Chris Carpenter."
Carpenter is eager to pitch, but acknowledges the potential risks of rushing back from an unusual injury -- biceps discomfort, caused by nerve irritation.
"I would love to be able to do it," he said. "They haven't said anything to me yet. It's a situation where, is it realistic, not facing hitters in a month? Do they want to put me in a situation in the World Series to try to get guys out? That's up to them."
It would be doubly sweet for the New Hampshire native to appear in a World Series game at Fenway Park. His family and his wife's family both hail from not far outside Boston.
"Unbelievable," he said. "I've had the opportunity to start Opening Day here, which was a dream of mine, never mind to be a part of a World Series that involves the Red Sox. I would never have imagined it. If I get a chance to pitch, it would be unbelievable."
Who's the DH? Another on the list of questions facing La Russa and the St. Louis staff is whom to use as the designated hitter in the games at Fenway. John Mabry is the most potent hitter among the non-regulars, but the manager hinted that he might go a different direction.
"On the plane [from St. Louis], I just started seriously looking at our guys against their guys and started messing around with lineups," he said. "It might end up being a right-hander," rather than the lefty-swinging Mabry.
Tavarez in, Kline maybe: Of the Redbirds' two physically questionable relievers, one is available, while the other is still a question mark. Julian Tavarez, coping with broken bones in his left (non-throwing) hand, will be on the roster. La Russa indicated that lefty Steve Kline may not be.
"I don't know how fair it is," La Russa said of using Kline, who has an extremely painful, mostly torn tendon in his left index finger.
"Coaching is all about sending guys out and putting them in a fair, competitive situation. Especially when it gets cold, I'm not sure. We're gonna have to decide this, but I'm not sure it's real fair to put him in a situation where he doesn't have his weapons."
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