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Weather could aid Cardinals World Series quest

Cardinals players may be enjoying the fair weather in Texas. But, if the 2011 World Series goes seven games, they might enjoy crummy weather forecast for later this week in St. Louis even better.

It's supposed to be 82 and sunny at Busch Stadium on Monday. But the prediction for Wednesday -- which is the planned date for game six of the fall classic, is a high of 60 degrees and a low of 43 with a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day.

Sounds pretty dreary? So how can it be good? Well, if Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitches tonight in game five, he'd get one day of rest Tuesday during the travel day, and a second on Wednsday when Jaime Garcia is expected to pitch. But if the game on Wednesday is rained out and pushed back to Thursday, that would give Carpenter a third day of rest and he could, presumably, get a third World Series start on Friday.

It's true that Carp didn't pitch very well on short rest against the Brewers. But what is the better option? Pitching Kyle Lohse or Edwin Jackson again? I think the Birds would have to try to let Carpenter start and be ready to step in with the bullpen...

The only REAL option to having Carpenter start game seven of the World Series is to win tonight and then when again when Garcia pitches to make such a decision unnecessary.

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