Thursday night's memorable Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers was one of the most exciting World Series games of all time.
Between the bumbling errors—including Nelson Cruz's devastating misplay in right—the Cards being down to their last strike and David Freese's memorable walk-off bomb, Game 7 will have a hard time stacking up.
But let's just hope that it's an appealing hors d'oeuvre for Friday night's main dish.
Including playoff and World Series work, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has faced over 1,100 batters in this 2011 season. It might not be great for his arm to send him out for another start on short rest. In Game 7 of the World Series, though, such considerations presumably go out the window, so it appears that Carpenter will face the Rangers one last time Friday night for all the marbles.
The Rangers have more of a dilemma on their hands. Ron Washington said Wednesday that, even in the event of a rainout, which came and pushed Game 6 back to Thursday, he would keep Matt Harrison on schedule to face the Cardinals in the deciding game.
But with Harrison giving up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in Game 3 and the lefty holding a mediocre 1-1 mark with a 5.02 ERA in three starts this postseason, it seems wholly possible that the Rangers will ask their bullpen for four or more innings in the winner-take-all contest, anyway.
Still, this is the top story to watch as we gear up for that rarest of treats in pro sports, a Game 7. Check back here often for updates, lineups and more as the action ramps up.