It’s World Series time in baseball. For many baseball fans, this means that your best friends for the next week straight are your high definition television and the coziest spot on your couch. The World Series marks the best four to seven games of the year featuring the two greatest teams in baseball. And this year those teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.
The Cardinals are clearly the underdog in the 2011 World Series, which is nothing new from every other series they have played in the 2011 Playoffs. The Cards fought their way to a spot in the NLDS, being pulled in at the last minute as the National League wild card. The momentum from their end-of-season winning streak has carried them well into the playoffs, as they beat the Phillies 3-2 in the NLDS and the Brewers 4-2 in the NLCS. They now lead the World Series with home field advantage 1 – 0 against the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers were a top contender all season long in the American League. Finishing the regular season ranked 1st in the AL West and 2nd overall in the American League to the power house New York Yankees, the Rangers have proven to be a force in this post-season. The Rangers stomped the Rays in the ALDS with a 3-1 series win, and then went on to beat the Tigers four games to two. Now returning to the World Series for the 2nd consecutive year, they are looking to clinch the win and take home the title. This will be the first series in the playoffs where they will not have home field advantage, so winning on Cardinals’ soil is a must if they want to claim the trophy.
Best of seven wins this final series and we’re only one game in. Game 2 will be held at Busch Stadium tonight at 8:05pm (Eastern Time) with pitching lineup Jaime Garcia (STL) vs. Colby Lewis (TX). Tune in and watch the best action in baseball. If you’d rather be at the stadium for the full experience, World Series tickets are still available! Game on.