Cardinals' bullpen rides to rescue

St. Louis relief corps has gone from lightly regarded to all that in no time flat

Updated: October 13, 2011, 8:30 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- In a normal baseball world, where statistics make sense and everything falls in line according to plan, Chris Carpenter would have been worried.

If St. Louis manager Tony La Russa had pulled his workhorse after pitching the fifth inning of a one-run game and asked his bullpen to record the game's final 12 outs, there would have been concern, fear. Carpenter would have known he'd done everything he could to give his team a chance to win, but he also would have known it probably ...

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