At SBNation’s True Blue L.A., they think one way to beat the Cardinals and Chris Carpenter is to work his pitch count. That, or Randy Wolf can just have one helluva game and out-pitch Carpenter:
I’m no scout, but it seems to me the Dodgers strategy against Carpenter is to wait on his fastball. It could be a dangerous plan against someone who walks so few hitters (1.8 walks per nine innings on the season), but it was the same plan that worked against Tim Lincecum at Dodger Stadium nearly three weeks ago.
A better strategy just might be to have Randy Wolf pitch a good game. Tonight is Wolf’s first playoff game, in his 11th big league season, so I’m sure the butterflies will be there. Then again, he did give up 16 and 17 runs in the first two innings, respectively, this year, so that might not be anything new. Then again, Wolf almost always settles down and ends up pitching deep into the game, so there is no need to worry.