St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
The World Series switches venues with the Texas Rangers traveling to Busch Stadium to try and finish off the St Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are -120 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set 7.5.
Game number five went to the Rangers 4-2 and gave Texas a 3-2 series lead with a chance to close out the Redbirds on Wednesday. Texas survived another shaky start from ace CJ Wilson who has struggled throughout the entire postseason and was one hit away from disaster and possibly a loss in game five. Wilson lasted 5.1 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five bases on balls. Fortunately four Texas relievers tossed 3.1 scoreless innings although Alexi Ogando allowed two hits and walked three in a precarious sixth inning. The Rangers offense wasn’t explosive but adequate with nine hits overall with four walks with a few key hits making the difference. Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland each hit homeruns but the offensive hero was Mike Napoli whose two run eighth inning double scored Michael Young and Nelson Cruz with the eventual game winning runs. Colby Lewis draws the game six starting assignment having three postseason starts under his belt. Lewis has a pair of quality starts and one poor outing and received a no decision against the Cardinals allowing one run in 6.2 frames on four hits and two walks in a game Texas won 2-1.
St Louis squandered a superb performance by Chris Carpenter as the offense was silent and the relief corps that had been generally dependable in this series was nicked a bit in a 4-2 defeat. Carpenter gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in seven strong innings of work. Unfortunately two of the hits were solo homeruns in an otherwise flawless performance. Octavio Dotel took the loss allowing two runs on a hit and walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Even though four runs allowed to a potent Texas lineup is none too shabby it was too much with the Cardinals offense quiet for the second straight night. St Louis certainly had their chances with seven hits and a laughable nine walks but the key hit or two never materialized. The Redbirds stranded eight runners in scoring position with Albert Pujols going 0-2 with a strike out in the ninth with Allen Craig getting thrown out at second base in a failed hit and run. Left hander Jamie Garcia gets the ball for the fifth time in the 2011 playoffs and has thrown the ball well in all but one of his four prior starts. Garcia dominated the Rangers in game two with seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven but didn’t get the decision in a 2-1 defeat.
I know that Lewis doesn’t have the regular season numbers that Garcia has and we all saw what Garcia is capable of. However, I think Lewis in the postseason has been as solid as anybody and proves it in game six on the road
Texas Rangers +110 St. Louis Cardinals