Thursday, October 27, 2011

World Series: Game 6 Preview

Jaime Garcia
After yesterday's decision by Major League Baseball to postpone Game Six of the World Series, the Rangers had to wait an extra night to try and win the franchise's first World Series.  At 8:05 ET tonight, they will take the field at Busch Stadium with two games left to get the ever-elusive fourth win of the series.  This has been one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory, with a great balance of close games and breakout performances.  Three of the games have been decided by two runs or less, Game Four was a one-run game until the sixth inning, and the one blowout (the Cardinals 16-7 win in Game Three) featured the single greatest individual performance in Series history (King Albert: 5-6, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 14 TB, CRAZY).

Game Six features a rematch of the Game Two starters as Texas pitcher Colby Lewis will face Cardinal lefty Jaime Garcia.  In Game Two, both pitchers shut down the opposing offenses, but the Rangers scored two in the ninth inning and escaped with a 2-1 victory which tied the series at one game apiece.  Lewis has been great on the road all season, and has compiled a 2.95 ERA in three starts this postseason.  Garcia hasn't been too shabby either, giving up only one run over his last two postseason starts.

Colby Lewis
The offenses for both teams have been producing at roughly the same rate, and with an expected game-time temperature around 49 degrees expect another low scoring affair in Game Six.  The Rangers can see the finish line and after losing in the World Series last season they must be chomping at the bit to break through and win their first championship.  However, the Cardinals have been playing from behind all season and they haven't been ousted yet.  Did the one day delay slow down the Rangers' momentum, or can they secure ring number one in the hostile atmosphere of Busch Stadium?  The 2011 World Series has a chance to be the first one in  a decade to go a full seven games, but will it end tonight?  Tune into FOX at 8:05 ET to find out.

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