ST LOUIS (WSAU) The National Weather Service says there’s a 70-percent chance of rain for both today and tonight in Saint Louis. That’s where Game-Three of the N-L Championship Series is scheduled between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. If it’s rained out tonight, the third game would be played tomorrow – and the other two contests at Busch Stadium would be pushed back a day, with Game-Four on Friday and Game-Five on Saturday.
Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa says he’ll start right-hander Chris Carpenter in Game-Three – regardless of whether it’s tonight or tomorrow. And La Russa says Carpenter would still pitch a potential Game-Seven in Milwaukee on Monday night, even if he has to go on just three days’ rest.
The Brewers are scheduled to start right-hander Yovani Gallardo tonight. There’s no word what manager Ron Roenicke might do if there’s a rainout. But La Russa says both teams want to play this evening – and they’ll probably play it if they have to be there all night.
The series is tied at a game-apiece.
Jeff Suppan – who was a World Series hero with the Cardinals but struggled in four years with Milwaukee – will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game-Three of the N-L-C-S in Saint Louis. Suppan was the M-V-P for the Redbirds in the 2006 league title series, giving up just one run in 15 innings against the New York Mets. Suppan eventually led Saint Louis to a World Series title in ’06. He then signed as a free agent with Milwaukee. But at age 30, Suppan went downhill. He went 29-and-36 in his three-and-a-half seasons with the Brew Crew, and was released midway through his fourth year after having a 7.84 E-R-A. Suppan pitched with Kansas City’s Triple-“A” team in Omaha for all of this season.