The World Series is set to go on Wednesday and it’s shaping up to be a stellar series. On one hand you have the hottest team in baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals that have been virtually unbeatable for 2 months. On the other hand you have an offensive juggernaut in the Rangers that seemingly cannot be stopped by any pitching staff. So who are you picking to win it all? I have to stick with my original prediction and go with the Rangers, but to help with your choice lets break this match-up down a bit more.
Texas: CJ Wilson, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland
St. Louis: Chris Carpenter, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia
Edge: Slight lean to Rangers
Both of these rotations don’t blow you away or make hitters shiver in their boots; however, the Rangers rotation is slightly more trustworthy than the Cardinals back-end of Jackson, Lohse and Garcia. Lohse and Garcia are a combined 0-4 so far in the playoffs with 5.74 and 7.45 ERA’s respectively.
Texas: Feliz, Adams, Uehara, Gonzalez, Oliver, Feldman, Ogando
St. Louis: Motte, Salas, McClellan, Rhodes, Boggs, Dotel, Rzepczynski
Feliz is lights out as closer and the big edge here is with Ogando who can come in and pitch 4+ innings and be dominant if a starter struggles. The Cards are solid, but the Rangers pen is deeper and more talented. Although Uehara has been giving up bombs each outing he’s appeared in.
Texas: Beltre, Andrus, Kinsler, Young/Moreland
St. Louis: Freese, Furcal, Schumaker, Pujols
Pujols alone almost made this a push because he is the best player in this series without a doubt, but the Rangers have boppers and all-star talent all over their infield.
Texas: Cruz, Hamilton, Murphy, Gentry, Chavez
St. Louis: Holliday, Jay, Berkman, Craig, Patterson
Nelson Cruz is the hottest hitter in the playoffs, Hamilton is a former MVP. The Cards are just as solid with Holliday and Berkman. Gentry and Jay are both solid defenders. If there was a slight edge it would be on defence as Cruz has an absolute cannon in right.
Texas: Napoli, Torrealba
St. Louis: Molina
Napoli may be a better power hitter, but Molina is light years ahead of either Ranger catcher in defence and cutting down base runners. Molina’s arm may be one of the most important weapons in this series as the Rangers love to steal bases and push the envelope.
LaRussa is a legend and you have to give the edge to him here. Washington’s no pushover or anything, I mean anytime you can bring your team to back to back World Series is an amazing accomplishment.
This is simple, the Cards have home field advantage.
My final prediction: Rangers in 6
Series MVP: Michael Young