2011 World Series: Rain Delay Gives Cardinals New Life Against the Rangers

Adam ReiterCorrespondent IIIOctober 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the fifth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After losing Game 5 of the 2011 World Series due to reasons that the sports world may be waiting a long time for a real answer on, Mother Nature may have just given new life back to the St. Louis Cardinals, as Game 6 of the Fall Classic has been delayed in anticipation of inclement weather.

With temperatures in the 50′s and rain expected throughout the day, Major League Baseball postponed tonight’s game to tomorrow, with a possible Game 7 now on Friday.

With the delay, the Cardinals now have the option of pitching ace Chris Carpenter on short rest, should there be a Game 7, an option that was not at all possible without the postponement.

The Game 7 starter for the Rangers, with or without the delay, will likely be Game 4 starter Derek Holland, and why wouldn’t it be? The guy only threw 8.1 innings of two-hit, shutout ball the game after the Cardinals put up 16 runs and saw Albert Pujols channel his inner Adam Kennedy and hit three home runs in one game in the postseason.

The rain delay has provided an opportunity for a number of peculiar scenarios that could make for a fantastic way to end this baseball season.

The rain delay will also provide an extra day for Tony LaRussa to dream up more explanations for why he could not get Jason Motte into Monday night's Game 5.