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Oct 23 2011

2011 World Series- Cardinals at Rangers Game 3

As it turns out, in a 1 – 1 series Game 3 can be kind of determinative (16 of the last 18) and I’m not at all sure why that is so.

It is the game in which you typically start your 3rd best pitcher for their one and only appearance while your Ace and 2nd best come up in your regular playoff rotation before their emergency, short rest, desperation starts in games 5 and 6 (if necessary).  Certainly the Rangers don’t want to visit Busch Stadium again where their team is at a distinct disadvantage, and any Cardinals victory at Arlington will ensure that.

On the mound will be Matt Harrison and Kyle Lohse.  Harrison has been doing much better in the playoffs with one win and a 4.22 ERA.  Lohse sports 2 losses and a 7.45, so you can expect an early hook if he looks like he’s in trouble.

The Cardinals will be able to play their pinch hitting phenom Allen Craig in Right with Lance Berkman moving to DH.

And in case you need a reminder of why we hate the Rangers, W is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow night.

It might be a late game as they are predicting scattered thunderstorms and there could be delays.

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