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:
|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."