2011 World Series: Cardinals Set Rotation For First Three Games

Both the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals avoided a seventh game of their respective championship series, which means that neither team had to start their respective ace in a Game 7.

That, combined with the additional day of rest, means the Cards' rotation can be set up without any surprises. From Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Jaime Garcia will pitch Game 2 for the Cardinals. And LaRussa said that Kyle Lohse is likely to go Game 3.

The first game of the series is going to be pitched by Chris Carpenter, who hasn't pitched since Game 3 of the NLCS back on October 12. There are still some concerns about Carpenter's barking elbow, but he isn't letting on that he's especially concerned.

Everybody's got soreness. Everybody has got aches. I got treatment on my elbow. I'm fine.

He'll face C.J. Wilson in Game 1, with Garcia going against Colby Lewis in Game 2. Will Tony La Russa go with Edwin Jackson in Game 4, or Carpenter on short rest? Probably depends on if the Cardinals are up or down in the series, I'd guess. There's also always a chance that Dave Duncan could sign and fix Mark Clark in time for a Game 4 just to mess with the Rangers.

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