Texas just isn't a state where sports plays a huge part in the culture. Yes there are some great sport's teams in Texas though unlike certain cities and states where the entire region seems to morph and come alive when a team gets into the finals Texans have a somewhat non-chalante attitude towards their teams. There are some die-hard fans of-course, though one wouldn't know that much has changed in a Texas city when one of the teams does make it to the finals. Living in Texas, the only thing I knew about a Texas baseball team, was that our former president Junior was the manager of one and wasn't much of a manager either.
With my curiosity piqued about why I know so little, I decided to dig in and do a little research on our home-grown basebal team. Fascinating stuff indeed presented itself. Not only did I discover that this World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals has the making for one of the best series in almost a decade - if you are counting the number of games that it will go, I also learned that this is quite atypical.
Why is this the case? The primary reason being that these two teams are so evenly matched that it is practically impossible to know who will win any of the games. Perhaps then that's the real story-line to this series. Apparently this is great news for baseball fans that have not been treated to a a World Series Game 7 since 2002 when the then Angels defeated the Giants. It definitely is good news for our flailing economy, should this happen.
Did you know that if this series goes to Game 7 it will have been the longest drought without a Game 7 in World Series history? You may be wondering why this matters. Well, according to a recent Sport's Illustrated article, the reason this is likely going to happen is ".. each team clawed its way through two postseason rounds with the kind of baseball that doesn't typically win this time of year: lousy starting pitching covered up by deep bullpens and offensive firepower. In a year in which run-scoring was dialed back to 1992 levels, we get a spring-loaded World Series with the best slugging team in the National League against the second-best slugging team in the American League."
Does this sound like exciting baseball? Perhaps as here are 2 teams that don't have the type of starting pitching line-ups like the Brave or Yankess of the past who could end a series in a game. Since 1987 whatever team wins Game 1 they have won 19 out of 23 games when it comes to winning the World Series title.
Tonight's matchup is between Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals and C.J. Wilson of the Rangers and apparently Game 1 isn't going to be as important as it has been in the past. The game will be played in St. Louis and will according to most commentators defy what baseball fans have come to expect during postseason baseball -- your best pitcher starting the game, a home game, jump out to a huge lead and voila we know whose going to win the series and there's really no need to watch the rest of the games. Sounds for the making of a great series if you are a die-hard baseball fan or support one of these fanchises.
My prediction based on everything I've read is that Texas will win tonight and end up winning the series despite what these experts have to say. It will not go to 7. In fact this series will be over in 5 games with the Texans coming out on top.