Two main points caught my attention right after Game 2 while the ending took more time to evaluate. The 2011 World Series is far from over, thanks in part to the huge play of Jaime Garcia and Allen Craig. Both of the young Cardinals introduced themselves to the rest of baseball on the largest stage possible, and now it is up to Craig and the rest of the St. Louis bats to get Garcia another start.
Taking at least one of the next two games becomes even more vital with nearly all of the momentum squarely in the corner of the American League Champs. Getting to the bullpen early bodes well for the Birds on the Bat, something surely on the mind of their new RF.
Most of the headlines today centered around the finish but overlooking Craig any longer may cause Texas another very long winter. With the next three at the Rangers’ HR Derby park, the Cards add another potent bat to the stacked lineup. Craig slots very nicely into the second spot, allowing the lefties to slide down for the trio of southpaws.
Not to be outdone, a certain lefty had his A+ game on display in mowing down the potent Texas order. What Garcia also did was show the rest of the staff that the big, bad Rangers do have some weaknesses after all.
St. Louis can’t help what happened in blowing Garcia’s best effort this postseason. Tony LaRussa gets the big bucks by giving the fans get one more chance to honk, with a huge mental contest on tap Saturday. As loud as Busch got the first two games, the saying goes things are bigger in Texas. With a real chance to have Carp and Garcia back-to-back again with Championship number 11 on the line is more than anyone could have asked for the beginning of October.
Here’s hoping the only cheering Rangers’ fans get to witness this weekend comes out of the visiting dugout.