Okay here's my preview of today's game 1. Pitching matchup STL: RHP Chris Carpenter (6-3, 2.46 ERA) Carpenter had his second straight terrific start on Sunday against the Rockies. He allowed one run in seven innings, displaying his vast arsenal of pitches. The right-hander also incorporated a changeup that he hadn't used much in past starts. He is 2-0 with 0.64 ERA over his last two starts. DET: RHP Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.21 ERA) Verlander flirted with disaster against the Cubs last Saturday with nine hits and three walks allowed over 5 2/3 innings. Yet he limited the damage to one run and continued the fortunes of his rookie season despite just one quality start over his last four outings. Player to watch Potential future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez knows Carpenter well from the right-hander's days in the American League, and Rodriguez has hit Carpenter well. The Detroit catcher is 9-for-24 (.375) with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs against the St. Louis ace.