World Series 2011: 5 Reasons Cardinals vs. Rangers Will Go Seven Games
The 2011 World Series featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers should be a fantastic series. Both teams are great offensively and have solid pitching.
These teams are led by two managers that have valuable experience as both players and coaches.
It should be an exciting series and I am expecting a lot of runs to be produced. Here are five reasons this series will go seven games.
No. 5: Manager Matchup
The Rangers are led by Ron Washington, who has helped turn around this Texas franchise. This is the second straight year that Washington has led this club to the World Series.
Now that he is here for the second straight year, Washington has World Series experience under his belt and can make better decisions in the middle of the games. He has done a great job managing the Rangers this year, and I believe he will continue doing a great job throughout the World Series.
Tony LaRussa helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006 and is now looking to win it this year as well. The Cardinals barely squeaked into the playoffs as they got past the Braves for the wild-card spot.
Since then, LaRussa has motivated this team to play hard and win. I think LaRussa brings great experience to this squad as they make a run from being a wild card to potential World Series champs.
No. 4: Starting Pitching
The Rangers starting pitching is led by young CJ Wilson. Wilson has made tremendous strides over the past few seasons as he has developed into the Rangers best pitcher. Wilson is backed by Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis.
This young staff gets the job done as they have accumulated over 70 wins total. They do a great job of keeping their team in the game and allowing their bullpen to take over in the late innings.
The Cardinals are led by veteran Chris Carpenter who has been pitching well this year. He has been helped by Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia and veteran Jake Westbrook. The Cardinals need to get quality starts from their starters because their bullpen isn't very good.
The pitching matchups can be very enticing for this series. I think most of the pitching matchups can go either way, so it is going to come down to offense for both teams.
No. 3 : Speed on the Basepaths
I feel that this series will involve a lot of strategies that deal with runners on the bases. It will come down to getting on base and advancing the runners.
Also, it is going to be interesting on what pitchers the runners try to steal and how the managers utilize their fast players. If both teams can get guys on base, this series can be great to watch and it might bust it to a Game 7.
No. 2: Star Power
This game is filled with well-known veterans, MVP caliber athletes, and one or two potential Cooperstown-bound players. The Cardinals are led by Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and rejuvenated Lance Berkman.
This trio is deadly for any pitcher and leads the Cardinal's offense. These guys will contest every pitch and will push this series to a game seven.
The Rangers are led by Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Adrian Beltre, and Nelson Cruz. These hitters have developed such a great chemistry with the team and show great leadership for the young Rangers.
If Texas wants to win, they need to turn to one of these stars to have a big game.
No. 1: Offense
The Rangers offense is arguably the best in the league. From top to bottom, they have dangerous hitters that are ready to strike at any minute. If the Rangers can get their bats going, they can hang in every game in this series. I look to the Rangers offense to push a game seven if their pitching can't hold up.
The Cardinals have relied on quality pitching and mediocre offense for most of the year. They need to utilize their speed on their team and keep up with the Rangers offense. Pujols is the most feared hitter in the game and has been on a tear.
If the Cardinals want to win the series, the need to have their offense show up for a seven-game series.