There’s plenty of Pauls…but no Peters.
Dissatisfaction over a seeming discrepancy between the visitors bullpen mound and the Coors Field main mound caused Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to seek an umpires’ review of the two following Friday night’s loss and led to an animated exchange with the Rockies grounds crew Saturday.
Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter complained to La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan after the first inning Friday, noting that the main mound was much steeper than the one on which he had warmed.
Carpenter made it through seven innings, allowing only one run, but complained of having little command of his curveball while having to make an adjustment to account for the mound’s steeper face.
“When a pitcher like him says something about it, what are you supposed to do, forget about it?” Duncan said.
The umpiring crew measured the two mounds Saturday and found no discrepancy. The finding didn’t prevent La Russa and Duncan from a testy back-and-forth nearly four hours before first pitch with Rockies head groundskeeper Mark Razum.
Posted: September 27, 2009 at 03:24 AM | 52 comment(s)
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