St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
The St Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers meet in game seven of the World Series for all the marbles after the Cardinals 10-9 eleven inning victory in game six. The Cardinals are -130 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set at 8.
After watching this game I don’t know whether to congratulate the St Louis hitters or look at the Texas pitching with disgust as the Rangers simply blew lead after lead and finally the game with repeated opportunities to close St Louis out. Of the eight Texas pitchers we saw in game six not one was able to make that key pitch or get that key out that would have given them the World Series crown. Starter Colby Lewis went 5.1 innings and was charged with four runs put poor defense made just two of the runs earned. That was probably about it as far as clutch pitching was concerned with the offense giving the Rangers 7-4 and 9-7 leads and we know what happened each time. Texas totaled 15 hits with Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre all connecting for homeruns. Ian Kinsler knocked in two runs and Hamilton three more to lead the offense that must be wondering what it takes to win a game. The Rangers give the ball to left hander Matt Harrison who has three starts in the 2011 postseason under his belt for the biggest game of his life. Harrison faced St Louis once going just 3.2 innings while giving up five runs *(three earned) on six hits.
The Cardinals have to be given a world of credit for the way they came back from the dead several times before a David Freese homerun in the bottom of the 11 th gave the Cardinals a shot at the championship on Friday in game seven. Overall the Redbirds posted 13 hits and walked seven times and when they needed a clutch hit it came as naturally as flipping on a light switch. St Louis has a lengthy list of offensive heroes with Freese tripling in Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score 7-7. After Texas scored twice in the tenth Berkman delivered a two strike hit to score Jon Jay setting up another clutch at bat by Freese. Altogether Berkman knocked in three runs on three hits with four runs scored while Freese also had three RBI’s. Yadier Molina also recorded a pair or runs knocked in but like the Rangers it was the pitching that couldn’t contain the Texas offense. Starter Jaime Garcia lasted just three frames before allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks but of the next six pitchers that followed only Mark Rzepczynski and Jake Westbrook worked innings where runs weren’t scored be it inherited runners or of their own doing. Veteran Chris Carpenter gets his third start of the WS going 1-0 with a no decision. Overall Carpenter has given up four runs in 13 innings combined on 11 hits and three walks.
Carpenter is undoubtedly the better pitcher here with two offenses that aren’t much different from one another. After the big rally and constant comebacks I think the Cardinals might be overvalued here. Momentum? I don’t know if there is such a thing in this series but I do see value on the Rangers Friday. I probably won’t bet this and will just sit back and watch instead but I think the Cards are the public fave right now and Texas has just as much a chance at a nice price.
Texas Rangers +110 St. Louis Cardinals