I am so tempted to pick the Cardinals. By the end of this column, I just might.
The Cardinals have home-field advantage -- no small thing, considering the way the Rangers hit in Texas.
They've got the superior manager -- Tony La Russa, at the peak of his considerable powers.
And they've got a lineup that matches up well against the Rangers' three left-handed starters -- never mind the Cardinals' 20-20 record in games started by lefties during the regular season.
The one thing I'm struggling with, the thing I can't figure out, is how the Cardinals are going to stop the Rangers from scoring.
The Tigers couldn't do it with their stable of impressive right-handed starters; the Rangers averaged 6.5 runs per game in the ALCS, nearly five per game before their 15-run eruption in the Game 6 clincher.
Which Cardinals starter, other than perhaps righty Chris Carpenter, possesses enough stuff and moxie to hold the Rangers down?
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is a master of prepara...