Vaughn: Cards confident with Carp -

Vaughn: Cards confident with Carp

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (BaseballStL) -- Who would you rather have on the mound in a clinching game besides Chris Carpenter? He'll be on the mound tomorrow night for the Cards in game 6 as the Birds try to put away the Giants.

True, Carpenter hasn't been the Cardinals best pitcher this year. He's been good, but not great since his miraculous comeback from nerve surgery in his shoulder and having a rib removed.

But he's still Carp, one of most fierce competitors we've ever seen in a Cardinals uniform. Twice last year he pitched series clinching victories, beating the Phillies in the NLDS and the Rangers in the World Series. It'd be hard to even imagine Carpenter not pitching well in a big game. He'll be matched against San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong in game 6, who handcuffed the Cardinals hitters in game 2. I'll take my chances with Carpenter in that match-up any day.

How many teams in baseball do you suppose would like to have Trevor Rosenthal as their closer next year? Wow, what a valuable property he's become! Rosenthal was lights out against the Giants again in game 5. He faced six hitters, retired them all, and struck out the side in the sixth. He's now made 13 consecutive appearances without allowing a run. He's only 22 year old rookie, but Mike Matheny is gaining more confidence in him every time he steps on the mound. Does he have a bright future or what? With that 100 mph fastball he appears to be a superstar closer in waiting.

It wasn't enough that Barry Zito had to ruin the plans for a series clinching party in St. Louis, but this guy also has the nerve to marry former Miss Missouri Amber Seyer. Seems like he might be rubbing our noses in it a little bit.

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