Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Texas holds serve while Cards steal it

If you haven’t been watching, too bad. Since Super Tuesday, game 182 the MLB season hasn’t lost any momentum as we’ve moved through the divisional series and now are knee deep in the Championships. The Texas Rangers look poised to make a return trip to the show after Nelson Cruz went yard twice (3 times if you count the first pitch jack that just went foul) including the game winning, walk-off, grand slam, and now the Texas Lumber Company will attempt to move its headquarters to Motown for at least two days and solidify their second consecutive trip to the World Series. True, like any seven-game series in any sport the series doesn’t truly begin until the home team loses or there is a game 7 but one has to wonder what that loss has taken out of the Tigers mojo. They will send Fister to the bump in a must win situation against Lewis for the Rangers, both attempting to notch their first win in the post-season. For the Tigers it will be home-sweat-home as over half their wins (50) came at home this year and they will need to send a message in game 3 that not only cools the red-hot sticks of the Rangers but wakes up theirs as the lack of timely hitting has been the difference so far.

After a through beat down in game 2 the Cardinals left Milwaukee with home field, momentum, and kicked their dog on the way out. Now the series moves to the city of the arch but facing a tough pitching matchup as Gallardo (17-10) will be a tough out even on the road. La Rusa’s challenge will be to not let the layoff, or rain delay, cool off the bats of Phat Albert & Co. who may be peaking at the right time as so many Wild Card winners do and ride that mo all the way to the Series.

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