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World Series preview

ST. LOUIS — The 107th World Series gets underway Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and features the Texas Rangers versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rangers will be making their second consecutive appearance, while the Cardinals have not been to the World Series since 2006, when they beat the Detroit Tigers.

Texas earned their spot to the fall classic by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series, three games to one, followed by a four games to two win over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. St. Louis punched their ticket with series wins over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals won the National League Division Series by a three games to two margin and the National League Championship Series four games to two.

The Cardinals will have home-field advantage courtesy of the National League defeating the American League in the All-Star Game in Arizona earlier this year, 5-1. This could play a critical role, as the Rangers will potentially play four games without the designated hitter. What kind of impact will this have on the Rangers Nelson Cruz? Cruz hits seventh in the batting order and made history in the American League Championship Series hitting six homers and driving in 13. You have to wonder if he will see the same kind of pitches with the pitcher only two batters away. It will be interesting to see how Cardinals manager, Tony LaRussa, will handle his pitching staff against Cruz and the rest of the Rangers lineup.

Game one will feature two of the games premiere starting pitchers. C.J. Wilson will take the mound for the Rangers. Wilson is 0-2 in the postseason. The Cardinals will send out their ace, Cris Carpenter. Carpenter is 2-0 this postseason.

World Series Schedule:

  • Game One: Wednesday, Oct. 19, Busch Stadium, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • Game Two: Thursday, Oct. 20, Busch Stadium, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • Game Three: Saturday, Oct. 22, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • Game Four: Sunday, Oct. 23, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • *Game Five: Monday, Oct. 24, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • *Game Six: Wednesday, Oct. 26, Busch Stadium, 8:05 ET (FOX)
  • *Game Seven: Thursday, Oct. 27, Busch Stadium, 8:05 ET (FOX)

*If Necessary

Fast Facts:

  • The Cardinals are playing for their eleventh World Series title.
  • The Rangers are playing for their first title in team history.
  • The Cardinals have played against the Rangers only once in interleague history, in Arlington.

World Series Stat of the Day:

  • Tony LaRussa is the first manager to take two separate teams to the World Series three times. He did it with the Oakland Athletics and now with the Cardinals.

Who are you picking in the World Series? We want to hear from you!

The Good in Sports wishes the Rangers and the Cardinals the best of luck in the World Series.

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I am a native of Illinois, but have lived all over. Since high school, I have lived in Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, Kansas and Ohio. At the moment I am back in Illinois but hope a move back to Florida is in my near future. The first thing people think is I am a Cubs fan and a Bears fan. That’s not true. My dad’s family was born and raised in Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) and I was raised to be a fan of the Pirates and Steelers. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2002 with a BA degree. I majored in Radio and Television Operations and minored in Lodging Management. At this point of my life, I am following my dream of having a career in sports and love working with Joe and the team at The Good in Sports. The mission of the website and vision is second-to-none and allows us to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s important to me. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, I make it to Pittsburgh once a year to watch baseball at “The Best Ballpark in America” (PNC Park). I also enjoy trips to Panama City Beach for relaxation. I have a terrific family who always supports me in my endeavors. You can find me on Twitter, @TGIS_Sam.

Discussion

6 thoughts on “World Series preview

  1. I’m biased, but I’m rooting for the Cardinals. I say they take it in 7.

    Posted by Meredith Matthews | October 19, 2011, 6:37 am
  2. Gonna be a good series. Will see if Cruz can continue his hot streak.

    Posted by Joe C. | October 19, 2011, 9:35 am
  3. BY THE WAY!!! I predicted this correctly! I should open up a psychic business.

    Posted by Meredith Matthews | November 6, 2011, 4:36 pm

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