Despite Floyd's Nagging Injuries, It's Still Not Milledge Time in NLCS
PITCHERS (11): Chad Bradford, Pedro Feliciano, Tom Glavine, Aaron Heilman, Roberto Hernandez, John Maine, Guillermo Mota, Darren Oliver, Oliver Perez, Steve Trachsel, Billy Wagner.
CATCHERS (2): Paul Lo Duca, Ramon Castro
INFIELDERS (7): Carlos Delgado, Julio Franco, Anderson Hernandez, Jose Reyes, Jose Valentin, Chris Woodward, David Wright
OUTFIELDERS (5): Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez, Cliff Floyd, Shawn Green, Michael TuckerI'm not really sure why AHern is on this roster , over Milledge or a third catcher or a twelfth pitcher, but this is our squad nopnetheless.
Tommy Glavine heads to the hill tonight against Jeff Weaver. Yes, that Jeff Weaver. Jeff Weaver has previously faltered under the bright lights of the postseason, but then, so did Kenny Rogers. Earlier this year, Weaver was bounced from the California Angels roster in favor of his younger brother, Jared. He was picked up by the Cards and has been pretty good for them down the stretch. He also won Game 2 in the NLDS against the Padres.
This NLCS could be viewed as a matchup of which team is less hobbled. Beltran has a slight tear in his upper-abdominal muscle, Floyd's got a balky achilles tendon, and Delgado has a tweaked oblique. This is all besides the injuries that knocked Pedro and ElDuque out of the postseason. On the Cardinals side, Scott Rolen has a bum shoulder being treated with cortisone, Jim Edmonds is back from post-concussion syndrome after crashing into a wall back in August, and of course this is after Mark Mulder and transplanted ex-Met Jason Isringhausen suffered injuries that knocked them out of the postseason.
By far the Cardinals are heavily relying on Albert Pujols, while the Mets will lean on their bullpen - as they've done all year long - but especially with a suspect rotation behind Glavine.
Darryl Strawberry will throw out the first pitch. Tom Glavine throws soon after, around 8:19.
Lets Go Mets!