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World Series Game 3 Live Blog: St Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Haynes-Pool/Getty Images)
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Joseph MerkelSenior Analyst IIIOctober 22, 2011

Jason Motte we hardly knew thee. As we all know by now, game two of the World Series ended on an... exhilarating? No... Exciting? No... Sacrifice fly? There it is. 

I should take that back. To be honest, I'm sure the Texas Rangers and their fans were plenty ramped up when Elvis Andrus crossed the plate on Michael Young's shot to center. All-in-all, it ended the game—and for me, evened up a bet that I made before game one with a co-worker here at Bleacher Report.

The pitching matchup for Game Three is not the star-studded matchup that many were hoping for. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia? Not this time. Tonight we have Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison readying up their arms to guide their teams to a big advantage heading into game four. 

While you may not be very familiar with the names, their pitching stats seem to be familiar with each other. They're almost identical. With the Cardinals, Lohse pitched to a 14-8 record with a 3.39 ERA. Funny, that's the exact same ERA that Matt Harrison had this season, while also notching 14 wins with the Rangers.  

Neither of these arms are known for big strikeout numbers, but they are workhorse pitchers that every team needs if they're trying to make it to the Fall Classic. 

With names like Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton putting their clutch reputations on the line, there are sure to be some fireworks in this critical Game Three.

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