Just yesterday Getting Blanked covered the supply and demand challenges for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays, undeterred, announced plans to broadcast some Spring Training games on a fringey non-sports arm of their vast Rogers broadcasting octopus. This, friends, is making the most of your ability to supply the increasing demand. And profit all the while!
The above video clip shows how far the Blue Jays have come, as the Jays used to cover over the 500 level seats they were never going to sell, a habit they kicked quite quickly.
Are the above two “paragraphs” just window dressing for an opportunity to post Manny Ramirez absolutely destroying a Chris Carpenter (!!!) offering into the fifth deck, high above the starred mark where Jose Canseco once cranked one as a member of the Jays (!!!)? Of course they are! DINGERS!
While not the worst case scenario, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak just informed the assembled media and live streaming world that, because of numbness, “stingers” and assorted pain experienced during his recent bullpen sessions, it looks extremely unlikely that Chris Carpenter pitches for the Cardinals in 2013.
Mozeliak stressed that Carpenter will have an opportunity to work with the Cardinals team physicians and but, when asked if he envisioned Carpenter returning, Mozeliak stated he believed not. Though Mo and the Cardinals staff hasn’t spoken face to face with their former ace, he claimed Carpenter expressed disappointment that he “let the team down” and sounded emotional during their call.
The concern at this point, according to Mozeliak and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny believe the greatest concern is Carpenter’s after-career life. The Cardinals will surely miss Carpenter’s leadership and all-around awesomeness though the team is pretty much loaded with talent on the hill, with top prospects Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal poised to take on bigger roles with the club not to mention serviceable pitcher Joe Kelly waiting on the depth chart. Mozeliak claims the team feels good about what they have in-house, all but quashing rumors linking the Cardinals and free agent Kyle Lohse.
Mozeliak casually mentions that Carpenter is likely to end up on the Cardinals disabled list, preventing the $12.5 million remaining on his contract from going by the wayside. Carpenter will not address the media for some time as this news is “still fresh” and, obviously, difficult to take.
Chris Carpenter, as you might recall, missed most of 2012 after a surgical procedure realted to his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The surgery removed one of his ribs (!) to reduce pressure on his shoulder nerves. Big Carp made three regular season starts before making three more starts in the post-season, all of which were quite poor by Carpenter’s standard.
Chris Carpenter came all the way back from numerous scary injuries, winning two World Series titles and one Cy Young in his well decorated career. If he is finished, he had a hell of a career and was a great pleasure to watch. Heal well, Big Carp.
For the second time in two years, there will be no Division Series sweeps as both Bay Area teams staved off elimination on Tuesday to keep their post season ambitions alive.
San Francisco Giants 2 – Cincinnati Reds 1
In the most tense game of the season, the San Francisco Giants needed extra innings to complete their come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The team has to endure a brilliant one-hit pitching performance from Homer Bailey who confounded the Giants lineup with a barrage of fastballs and sliders, but San Francisco pitchers held strong even if they did so in a less dominant fashion than their counter parts from Cincinnati. The wheels fell off for the Reds in the tenth inning, when Jonathan Broxton gave up back-to-back singles to Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, leading to a two-out ground ball that was bobbled by Scott Rolen. Sergio Romo, after a shut out inning in the ninth, pitched another perfect frame in the bottom half of the tenth to secure the victory.
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The St. Louis Cardinals, who currently hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League, will have a familiar face back on the mound this week.
Carpenter has missed the entire season after being shut down in spring training with numbness and weakness in his shoulder, arm and neck. Carpenter and the Cardinals felt that taking three months off from throwing would allow the right-hander the opportunity to make a return soon after the All-Star break, but after a few setbacks, surgery was required. He was expected to miss the remainder of the season, but Carpenter, through hard work and dedication, is ready to pitch again after declaring himself ready following a 95-pitch simulated game on the weekend.
If the Cards hang on and make the playoffs, Carpenter, who was on the Disabled List as of September 1st, would be eligible for the post season roster. In his career, the three-time All-Star has posted a 144-92 record with a 3.76 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 3.40 xFIP. He is also under contract next season, due to make $10.5 million.