St Louis Cardinals captured Game One of the World series through the great pitching performance of Chris Carpenter and the bullpen.
In the sixth inning, Alexi Ogando relieved CJ Wilson with men in the third and 1st bases. Craig drilled in to the right in which Nick Cruz missed the catch for Freese to score.
Freese drilled in a double to the right. Wilson threw a bad pitch to advance Freese to the third, Punto was walked.
Mike Napoli knows how to play Carpenter. Napoli pulled off a two round shot as Beltre scored in the fifth inning to tie the score.
At the bottom of fourth inning, Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch. Holliday doubled to right, followed by Lance Berkman’s single to the right as Pujols and Holliday scored.
After 3 1/2 innings, both the starting pitchers are in control of the game shutting down the sluggers. It will be a tough day for the sluggers in both teams. St Louis Cardinals must find a way to break in against CJ Wilson.
The Cinderella story of the St Louis Cardinals will make significant attention as they host the Texas Rangers in Game One of the best-of-seven World Series in the MLB. From 10 1/2 game deficit in September, the Cardinals had risen into occasion by winning the National League Wildcard then eventually upsetting the Phillies in the NLDS.
St Louis Cardinals will start the ace pitcher Chris Carpenter (2-0, 3.71) while Texas Rangers will have CJ Wilson (0-2, 8.04). Carpenter has played exceedingly great in the postseason with 7-2 record and 3.11 ERA while Wilson had 1-4 and a 5.4 ERA. Wilson has the edge in this year’s regular season with 16-7 and 2.94 ERA.
Carpenter’s task is to tame the raging Texas Rangers, third in the MLB in runs scored. Carpenter was the major contributor in stopping the Phillies in the National League Division Series by stopping the complete lineup with 1-0 complete game victory. Carpenter knows exactly how to win an important game and if he can have a great start, he will win this game against the tough sluggers of the Rangers.
At 36, Carpenter may have lost some of the speed on his pitches but still he can be aggressive in tonight’s game. He is one of the pitchers that can keep the ball down in which the ball contact will always be out of the air. His record this season shows that he had a 7.1k / 9 rate that almost him on his peak years.
Carpenter knows exactly how important this game and he can change his gear to match the powerful roster of the Texas Rangers. He can actually impose his will in Game One that will eliminate the scoring machine of the Rangers.
For the Texas Rangers CJ Wilson, he may have been affected by the low temperatures as his record shows that he is 0-2 with 8.04 ERA in three starts this postseason. He already had seven postseason starts with 1-4 record and 5.40 ERA.
Wilson’s record in the previous months was in contrast in the playoffs. His 16-7 record with 2.94 ERA in 223.3 innings was one of his best in his career. It shows that in August and September, he had a 1.97 ERA. Surely, Wilson must have to end his mediocre performances in the playoffs and he must tell the world that he is ready to win for the Texas Rangers.
Wilson will face the Cardinals lineup that can be deadly at any given time. First inning is so important for Wilson as the Cardinals scored in first inning in seven of the 11 games. Will he able to control the Cardinals instant offense?
St Louis Cardinals scoring game starts with slugger Albert Pujols because of his capability of hitting the ball. Pujols is one of the elite players in the game and he is one of the best hitters in the history of MLB. Pujols is the best player in the line up for Cardinals and he is ready to meet Wilson in the World Series Game 1.
Lance Berkman is another player for the Cardinals that can create difficulties for Wilson. Berkman can explode anytime as he showed it in the previous series. He is a vital component for the Cardinals to win this game.
Ryan Theriot has the best shot of taking Wilson as he was .250 against the Texas pitcher. Theriot knows exactly how to handle Wilson but adjustments may have been made. If he can play with such effectiveness in today’s game, then he is needed in all the games of the World Series for the St Louis Cardinals.
For the Texas Rangers, Mike Napoli had a previous encounter with Carpenter. The result was a 4-4 with a home run. Napoli will make significant threat to the St Louis Cardinals in Game One.
Expect also for Nelso Cruz to shine in this game as he absolutely exploded in the ALCS winning the Most Valuable player by having six home runs. His power can make the difference in this game and the Cardinals have to make sure he will not do the damage for the Rangers.
Manager Ron Washington again must have to push the right buttons. He may not be able to win the World Series last season but here is the rare opportunity given to him to make himself a winner.
Adrian Beltre is a player that can break Carpenter in this Game One World Series. He is .333 against Carpenter and he is ready to make noise for the Rangers to win this all important game.
All Star Josh Hamilton must be ready to make the cause for the Rangers to demolish Carpenter and the St Louis Cardinals. He is the key player for the Rangers that needs to have a fruitful game.
Hamilton needs to hit the ball again as he averaged .293 in the AL playoffs yet he hasn’t made a home run in the last 14 games. The major reason why he is not becoming completely strong is his groin injury. He can shake himself up for the World Series 2011, Texas Rangers vs St. Louis Cardinals Game One.
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