World Series 2011 Schedule: Dates, Start Times for Cardinals-Rangers Series

Adam Hirshfield@ahirshfieldFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2011

With the St. Louis Cardinals' defeat of the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday night, the matchup and schedule for the 2011 World Series are now set.

The Fall Classic gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 19, as the American League-champion Texas Rangers will travel to the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the home of the National League-champion Cardinals.

Why do the Cards get home-field advantage, you ask, especially given that they're a Wild Card team that snuck into the postseason with a 90-72 record while the Rangers won the AL West with a 96-66 regular-season mark?

Well, because of the ridiculous rule Commissioner Bud Selig instituted several years back allowing the winning league of the All-Star Game to have home-field advantage in the World Series.

As you no doubt remember, the NL dusted the AL 5-1 back on July 12 to win its second straight Midseason Classic and clinch home-field for the NL team.

Regardless of your thoughts on the home-field advantage rule, here’s the full World Series schedule between the Cardinals and Rangers:

WORLD SERIES

 Date  Matchup  Network  Air Time (ET)
 Game 1
 Weds., Oct. 19
 Rangers at Cardinals  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 2
 Thurs., Oct. 20
 Rangers at Cardinals  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 3
 Sat., Oct. 22
 Cardinals at Rangers  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 4
 Sun., Oct. 23
 Cardinals at Rangers  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 5*
 Mon., Oct. 24
 Cardinals at Rangers  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 6*
 Weds., Oct. 26
 Rangers at Cardinals  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 Game 7*
 Thurs., Oct. 27
 Rangers at Cardinals  FOX  8:05 p.m.
 * if necessary      

According to MLB.com, "Air time for each game will be at 7:30 p.m. ET, with Game 4 on Sunday as the one exception. Its air time will begin at 7:45 p.m."

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