Originally posted on Faith and Fear  |  Last updated 10/22/11
I admire the 2011 World Series thus far, which is a nice way of saying I have yet to be fully engaged by it. After the slam-bang blowouts that ended the LCSes, it was predicted/feared that the St. Louis and Texas lineups would lay waste to each other’s starting pitching and that the games would be interminable. Instead, we’ve seen starters go deep, scores stay tight and everything take three hours anyway…but really, for postseason baseball, three hours is the new two hours. Each game has been competitive and we know there will be at least three more. Vague temporary allegiances aside, I’m mostly rooting for a seven-game series, a treat we haven’t enjoyed in nine years. That’s the longest non-maximum dry spell baseball’s championship round has endured since the period between 1912 and 1924, and there were years in the middle of that aridity when the teams played best-of-nine sets and a couple of those went eight games (which was, at the time, the new six games). If I were a Cardinals fan,
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