McCarver said: "At this point you go to four innings of defense."
Actually, nine innings of defense helps, but the point is the Cardinals should worry less about Duncan's offense and more about defense.
But shouldn't the genius Tony La Russa know this?
Defense is the most underrated aspect of the baseball. In fact, Bill James wrote something that got my attention which stated that half of good pitching is really good defense. After presenting this to long-time Major League general manager Pat Gillick, he responded with (essentially) a, "well, yeah... "
Kind of like, "duh."
Proof? Check out the Tigers and the eight unearned runs this series.
Gillick is a self-described pitching and defense guy. I guess I am, too. After all, a baseball team wins more games with good pitching than good hitting.
Nevertheless, Duncan's "error" was a no-harm, no-foul type. Weaver was able to dance out of the sixth with his 3-2 lead to put the Cardinals within nine outs of the title.
On another note, how come I haven't heard anything about former Cardinal Tim McCarver and Cardinals' announcer Joe Buck calling these World Series games?