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10/16/06 10:24 PM ET

Mailbag: How will rainout affect series?

Bill Ladson answers fans' questions about the NLCS

ST. LOUIS -- Even though Game 4 of the National League Championship Series was rained out, MLB.com still has a sampling of e-mails about the Cardinals and Mets.

If St. Louis was going to start Jeff Weaver on three days' rest, why wouldn't it pitch Chris Carpenter with the same amount of rest on Tuesday and save Weaver for Game 6, since he is a better road pitcher anyway? I would like the Cards' chances going to New York only needing to win one out of two.
-- Rod T.

I like the fact that Weaver is going to pitch in Game 5. We have to remember that Weaver is not the inconsistent pitcher that we saw in Anaheim. He will give the Mets a tough time on Tuesday.

Why are your answers so completely biased towards the Cardinals?
-- Michelle G.

I'm not biased toward the Cardinals. I just think they have better pitching to win the series. Granted, the Mets have better offense, but it can be stopped with good pitching. We have seen it most of this series.

Will Orlando Hernandez be OK if the Mets make it to the World Series?
-- Cathy M.

He had a bullpen session on Sunday and didn't have any problems with his calf. But it's still too early to say if Hernandez will pitch in the World Series, if the Mets advance.

Lastings Milledge should've been on the postseason roster instead of Michael Tucker. Don't you think so?
-- Jona

I don't agree with you. However, the Mets should have been more aware that Cliff Floyd wasn't going to recover quickly from his left Achilles tendon injury. Milledge should have replaced Floyd on the roster.

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Who, so far, is your playoffs MVP for the NLCS?
-- Joshua S.

If the series ended on Monday, I would have to give it to Carlos Delgado with Carlos Beltran as a distant second. Delgado, who has three home runs and nine RBIs, still has a chance to break the record for most RBIs in the LCS.

With all the starting pitching woes that the Mets have faced in the NLCS, why has nobody even considered starting Aaron Heilman? He came up big as a starter.

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Heilman is the setup man and the Mets don't have anyone better. The other day, manager Willie Randolph said it was too late to stretch Heilman out. Darren Oliver is a good option because he is a long reliever. There is a chance he could start if Steve Trachsel can't make it.

I know that it is only one game, but does the fact that the Mets trusted Oliver Perez to start Game 4 give him the confidence he needs to turn the corner for both the remainder of the postseason and possibly carry into next year?
-- Scott A.

There is no question that Game 4 is a confidence boost for Perez for the postseason. Whether that helps going into next year remains to be seen. He still has a long way to go before becoming the pitcher who struck out 239 batters in 2004 with the Pirates.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.