World Series 2011 Preview: Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The 2011 World Series is definitely a throwback to the games of the ‘90s when the long ball was in (this time, however, it seems to be clean). There seems to be more potential for power hitting going on in a series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers than any in recent memory. That’s what you get when Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton get together. Oh yeah, and Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli, David Freese and Matt Holliday. The list goes on.
While people are surprised the Cardinals made it to the Series–remember, they were on the verge of suffering the same fate as the Red Sox—the fact they beat the vaunted Philadelphia Phillies pitching rotation should have given those critics pause. Sure, any lineup with Albert Pujols can dominate if he gets on a tear. But the series victory in a 5-game series over Philly, including facing Halladay and Lee twice, should have put fans on notice that these Cards could tango with anyone. Matt Holliday and emerging post-season hero and NLCS MVP David Freese are providing the needed boost that helped Chris Carpenter and the outstanding bullpen beat the Phils and Milwaukee Brewers.
The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, have persevered despite a starting rotation that has taken a hit in the post-season. No worries, however, since the team has decided to concurrently have an offensive explosion led by Nelson Cruz, who almost single-handedly beat the Detroit Tigers with two Motor City-crushing home runs. With a bullpen to match the Cardinals’ stellar rotation of middle relief and closers, it look like the Rangers have met their match—and the winners are fans who will enjoy the high flying action!
|Game 1 - Texas Rangers (2) at St. Louis Cardinals (3) ||Wednesday, October 19 ||Busch Stadium || |
|Game 2 - Texas Rangers (2) at St. Louis Cardinals (1) ||Thursday, October 20 ||Busch Stadium || |
|Game 3 - St. Louis Cardinals (16) at Texas Rangers (7) ||Saturday, October 22 ||Rangers Ballpark || |
|Game 4 - St. Louis Cardinals (0) at Texas Rangers (7) ||Sunday, October 23 ||Rangers Ballpark || |
|Game 5 - St. Louis Cardinals (2) at Texas Rangers (4) ||Monday, October 24 ||Rangers Ballpark || |
|Game 6 - Texas Rangers (9) at St. Louis Cardinals (10) ||Wednesday, October 26 ||Busch Stadium || |
|Game 7 - Texas Rangers (2) at St. Louis Cardinals (6) ||Thursday, October 27 ||Busch Stadium || |
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