TONY LA RUSSA: Like I said, it's not
important. I wouldn't discuss it. When a guy
pitches like that, as a team, we don't take things
away from anybody.
We talked a little in the last series
about the trouble the Cards have had against
left-handed pitching. Can you talk about
whatever theory you have on it. Is it the certain
type of left-hander, too, where a guy who mixes
up pitches and moves the ball around like
Glavine did and Rogers tonight?
TONY LA RUSSA: The last two times a
left-hander started we won the game. We won
Glavine's game and Perez's game.
If a guy pitches well, right or left, then
we're going to have trouble, like any club would,
and Rogers pitched well.
Could you talk about Kenny Rogers.
He seems to just get better with age. He's
almost 42 years old yet he looked like he was
25 out there.
TONY LA RUSSA: I mean I just give him
credit that I think he deserves. When Jim gets up
here, he'll enjoy talking about Rogers more than I
One more follow-up on the lefties:
The way the series now is stacked up, you're
going to have to beat one or maybe two the
rest of the way, because you could face four
more the way the series is. Does that worry
you at all?
TONY LA RUSSA: Face three more,
Yeah, three more.
TONY LA RUSSA: I mean it's something
we pay attention to just because during the season
it never seemed to make sense and because we
paid attention to it we had our ideas about how we
could improve what we've done or what we would
do against them. And reality is that two of their
best starting pitchers are left-handed. But those
two right-handers they throw at you are no
slouches either. Whoever they send out is a
quality starting pitcher. We have to score, and
we've got to pitch --
Like today, I thought Jeff, they mishit some
balls for hits and he threw a couple of balls in the
middle and a home run, and RBI double. He
pitched well enough to win, if we could have done
something better offensively. If we want to win, we
have to do both things, hit enough and pitch
I know you're not happy right now,
but to come in here without pitching Carpenter
and Suppan, and to have them set up and to
get a split, wouldn't you take that coming in?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I'm not unhappy.
To me, the way I judge the way I feel or the way
our coaches feel, our ownership, fans, front office,
if our club goes out there and takes its best shot,
plays as hard as it can, then the other team has
talent, they're trying to win, we tip our caps. I felt
like for two days we've come in here and competed
really well. I think, like I said, I thought we made
enough contact. We needed a few more hits and
maybe have a run or two on the board, but I
definitely am not unhappy. I feel like we're
competing the way we've competed all October. If
we keep doing that we've got a real shot.
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