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Texas Rangers v. the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1

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An outsider's perspective on the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

On a recent visit to Starbucks I was surprised to hear that they are called the Texas Rangers, that they still exist and they are in the World Series for the second year in a row. Woooah.

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.



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11 comments on Texas Rangers v. the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1

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By Ed Attanasio on October 19, 2011 at 07:39 pm

Fantastic article Tony. I'm taking the Rangers in 6 games. They're offensively loaded and I think guys like Napoli and Beltre will be the stars of the WS. Plus, the Cardinals used up all their adrenalin chasing the playoffs and I think they're mentally and physically drained. LaRussa can't keep relying on his bullpen and the Cards can't survive with their starters getting pulled early, like they did in almost every game during the NLCS. MVP: Beltre Goat: Carpenter LaRussa will retire after Game 6 and the Rangers won't take the phone call from Obama. For more great commentary about the WS, take a look at www.thisgreatgame.com.

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By TonyBerkman on October 19, 2011 at 07:41 pm

Thanks Ed. I've goto get Emilio to add url's to the comments. It is effen nuts to have to copy and paste them to get to where you want to go. How much money you putting on the game difference?

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By esilvas on October 19, 2011 at 08:14 pm

This should be working: www.thisgreatgame.com

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By esilvas on October 19, 2011 at 08:14 pm

Hmm, I will look at it.

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By TonyBerkman on October 19, 2011 at 08:32 pm

Hey Emilio it must have changed when Ross changed to code base. Though I think since we no longer have any form of captcha we may need a different requirement for dropping a url otherwise these will get spammed out. There are tons of users that are fake.

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By esilvas on October 20, 2011 at 09:11 am

Did I get it this time?: www.thisgreatgame.com

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By Ed Attanasio on October 20, 2011 at 09:39 am

Thanks Emilio.

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By Randy Mitchell on October 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

Great article, Tony. These teams are evenly matched and such a surprise to so many that they (particularly St. Louis) are the ones who landed in the series. I'm thinking 7 games to define the winner, however, the Rangers have proven how quickly they can explode once they get on a roll.

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By TonyBerkman on October 20, 2011 at 01:03 pm

Randy thanks. I'm a newbie and probably the least likely person to be writing about the games though since it is news, I live in Texas, and know that anytime I start to follow teams I get interested I'll cover some of the games. If you have the urge to write a synposis of an upcoming game -- please do as my depth of knowledge in this area is lacking :-) The great thing is reading about these teams results in getting interested in them and their stories.

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