Found October 19, 2011 on
Lady Loves Pinstripes:
The battle for the title of 2011 World Series Champion starts tonight, as the St. Louis Cardinals will duke it out with the Texas Rangers in a match-up that you won’t want to miss.
The only sure thing is the one team will be crowned the champs, while the other will join the long list of World Series meltdowns.
Before getting to my prediction, read my posts about the good, the bad and the ugly about both the RANGERS and the CARDINALS. (Click on team name to read previews.) Click HERE for TV schedule for all World Series games.
So, who do think has the upper hand in this battle royal?
MY 2011 WORLD SERIES PREDICTION:
On paper the Rangers have a slight edge over the Cardinals, but neither team has an overwhelming advantage over the other.
Both teams have gotten sub-par performances in the postseason thus far from their starting pitchers, so look for the team whose rotation steps it up to play a big part of the series.
Looking at the regular season numbers, the Rangers have better s...
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ARLINGTON, Texas Say Nolan Ryan and one of two images usually spring to mind him whooping Robin Ventura or one of his 5,714 strikeouts, which one depending upon on age and geography.
Nolan Ryan is for many an action verb a fiery, fastball-throwing, Cowboy hat-wearing Texan always ready to go all John Wayne on a problem. The irony is this is exactly what he did not do upon joining...
One of narratives leading up to Game 1 of the World Series emphasized the Cardinals’ and the Rangers’ heavy use of their bullpens in the Division and League Championship Series. We were told to expect pitching changes early and often, especially from Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who has a reputation for micromanaging his pitching staff to get just the right match-up.
The Texas Rangers were the darlings of baseball in 2010.
Texas overcame manager Ron Washington's drug-use admission, bankruptcy and a history of playoff follies to reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
That's when the Rangers went from darlings to ugly ducklings as they were overmatched in five games by the San Francisco Giants.
As the Rangers...
ST. LOUIS Texas manager Ron Washington has never been one to shy away from playing his instincts over the percentages.
He's the same manager who jokes before games that his lineup is whatever comes out of his pen.
He also loves to play his gut in the face of conventional wisdom.
The gut didn't pay off in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night, as the moves the Rangers...
The Cardinals beat the Rangers 3-2 in game one of the 2011 World Series. The difference in the game turned out to be the walks. The Rangers pitchers walked six batters, all by C.J. Wilson. The last one, in the sixth inning, brought up Allen Craig to pinch hit, and he delivered the game winning RBI. Wilson failed to go after Nick Punto, a career .249 hitter, and it cost the Rangers...
When the final out was recorded in the American League Championship Series and the Rangers had earned another shot at the World Series, a boyhood dream came true for Mike Napoli.
The pitching matchups for the first two games of the World Series are set, as Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Chris Carpenter will take the ball for Game 1 on Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson.
If chicks do indeed dig the long ball, well then Nellie Cruz was probably busy this past week. Your ALCS MVP decided to get red hot against the Tigers, and connect for 6 HRs total in the series. The stats don’t lie Cruz hit .364, 6 Bombs, and 13 RBIs. All of his 8 hits went for extra bases.
Behind Cruz’s efforts, the Rangers are headed to the World Series to face the St. Louis...
The Texas Rangers didn't get a win from a starting pitcher in the ALCS. OK, the importance of a pitcher's win total is overrated, you say. But also consider that, in six games against the Detroit Tigers, none of the Rangers' four starters went past the sixth inning. And only Matt Harrison could keep his ERA under 6.35.
Starting pitching didn't perform much better...
HBT: Sure, Tony La Russa is a genius, but he won't manage circles around Ron Washington in this World Series.