Hello baseball fans. The fall classic is here and it’s time for a preview.
The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals will be meeting in this year’s fall classic. Game 1 is tomorrow night at St. Louis. C.J. Wilson will pitch for the Rangers and Chris Carpenter will pitch for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals weren’t even expected to make it to the playoffs back in August. They were 10.5 games out on August 27. However, an 18-8 September and the collapse of the Braves helped propel them into the playoffs as the NL wild Card. They would finish the season with a record of 90-72 with identical home and road records of 45-36. They had to get past the pitching loaded Philladelphia Phillies in the NLDs and beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.
The Cardinals led the Nl in offense, scoring 762 runs. Albert Pujols led the team with 37 homeruns, 99 RBIS and scored 105 runs . Lance Burkman was the only other Cardinals player to hit over 30 homeruns with 31 and drove in 94 runs.
In the pitching department, the Cardinals are ranked eighth in the nl with a 3.74 ERA. Chris Carpenter helped the team by winning 10 of his last 11 starts down the stretch.
In the fielding department, the Cardinals are ranked eleventh in fielding percentage at 985, ranked second in errors with 116 and led the Nl with 462 double plays completed.
The Texas Rangers led the AL West throughout most of the season and were never under .500. They finished the season 92-66, 10 games ahead of the Anaheim Angels. They were 52-29 at home and 44-37 on the road. They defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the AlDS and the Detroit Tigers in the ALCs.
The Rangers scored 855 runs this season, good enough for third place in the American League. Three players hit over 30 homeruns and 2 drove in 100. Ian Kinsler led the team in scoring with 126 runs.
The Rangers pitching staff was ranked fifth in the Al this season in ERA at 3.79. C.J. Wilson led the Rangers with a 16-7 record and an ERA of 2.94.
In the fielding department, the Rangers are third in errors with 114, 13th in fielding and led the AL in double plays with 443.
One of the key things that will determine the outcome of the World Series is the team that has the leadw when the teams start using their bullpens will most likely win that game. The Rangers and Cardinals have three releivers with ERAs under 3. Another thing to watch is will the hot hitting of David Freese and Nelson Cruz continue for their respective teams? And, I wouldn’t be surprised that one or two of the games go extra innings and their will be a couple of higher scoring games as well.
Both the Rangers and Cardinals look similar on paper. The Rangers have an advantage in the fact that they’ve scored almost 100 more runs during the regular season. Because of the fact that Texas has more offense than the Cardinals, I predict that they will win the World Series in seven games.