Albert Pujols turned in a performance for the ages in Game 3, going 5-for-6 with three home runs and six RBI.
But the Rangers wised up and began pitching around Pujols virtually every time he came to the plate after that, even walking him intentionally with the bases empty in Game 4.
The problem for the Cardinals since then has been that the man behind him, Matt Holliday, hasn't made Texas pay for issuing all of those free passes to Pujols. Holliday is hitting just .167 in the World Series.
The best example of this was in the Game 4 situation when Pujols was intentionally walked with no one on and one out, and Holliday promptly grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Rangers will not allow Pujols to beat them, and the task of counterbalancing the opponent's strategy and making Texas pay will fall squarely on Holliday's shoulders.
If Holliday cannot produce when Pujols is pitched around, the St. Louis offense will struggle. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia could pitch a gem and still wind up in the position he was in during Game 2, with a no-decision despite seven shutout innings, as the Cardinals could only muster one run on the night.
Matt Holliday is the most important man for the Cardinals in Game 6 when their season, and hopes for a world championship, are on the line.