In other highlights, Chris Carpenter does a decent amount of swearing (or at least cursing) on the mound. And Fox has wonderful on field mics. I don't know if it was the sort of gold from Kerry Wood in 2003 against Atlanta, but it was a nice bonus. He also made a great play that tells me that his elbow must be just fine. I'm also shocked he didn't get stepped on. I don't think anybody would have blamed Andrus if he had stepped on Carpenter while he was draped across the entire base. Nothing malice, just very hard to avoid. And yet, he found a way. Good on Elvis.
I'm not sure we learned much from last night. La Russa is the better manager, Wilson and Carpenter are both good, and both bullpens are solid. The Cards just edged the Rangers on this night. One thing I didn't so much care for was all the small ball. There are times for it, but it seemed entirely overused last night. Ron Washington was tried to run on Yadi Molina, which ended about like you'd expect. La Russa sacrificed the bat right out of Pujols hands, and also set up a double play for a line up that really loves to ground into double plays.
They'll go at it again tonight, again at 8 on FOX. Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia. I'm going to say the Rangers take this one, although I think Garcia is the better pitcher. Just going with my gut on this one.