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Grading Game 6 of the World Series

Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:42 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 1:16 pm

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Wow. What a game. I'm trying to guard against hyperbole, but I feel like we just witnessed one of the greatest baseball games in World Series history -- one that will go down in history and still be talked about 30 years from now. I could easily be wrong, but that's how it feels right now. Still, time to buckle down and hand out some grades.

Baseball. That's all we need to put here. It's a sport that many people like to call boring and for some reason it's become cool for fans of other sports -- mostly football -- to constantly bash the sport. It's probably because of the "America's Pastime" moniker, but still a bit unfair to be so reviled by the people who aren't die-hard fans. Thursday night was baseball's big night. Game 6 was one for the ages. It most certainly wasn't perfect (see the D and F grades below), but in the end, this was one of the most exciting baseball games in memory, and we saw the Cardinals get within one out of being eliminated twice and still survive with the win in front of a record-setting Busch Stadium crowd. If you watched this game and weren't exhilarated, you don't have a pulse. Period.

David Freese tripled to tie the game in the ninth and then homered to win it in the 11th. So he's the hero. But, man, it was a rough night before that. We'll knock him down to a B for the awkward moment running into the rail in foul territory and the dropped pop up at third base, not to mention going 0-for-3 and leaving a pair of men on base before his huge triple in the ninth. Obviously the two huge hits erase all of that, but in looking at the whole game, I'm not going to forget the bad. He'll deal just fine a B, considering his team won and he's now etched in history.

The Rangers offense pounded out 15 hits and scored nine runs. They had two doubles and three home runs. So how can I possibly be giving them a C? Well, let's see ... they left 12 men on base. Twelve! When you get 15 hits and the Cardinals hand out five walks and three errors, you need to score more than nine runs, as weird as that sounds. It's like through six innings the Cardinals were trying to let the Rangers win and the Rangers just refused to let them. Things changed after that, but we cannot simply ignore what happened in the first half of the game.

The Cardinals' pitching and defense were sloppy early in the game. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia didn't have his good stuff and received a quick hook. Matt Holliday made a horrible play in left field when he tried to allow Rafael Furcal to come all the way out to left field and make a catch -- then the two collided. Relief pitcher Fernando Salas air-mailed a throw to second base into center field. Freese had the aforementioned defensive gaffes. Rangers pitcher Derek Holland advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored. Again, what the Cardinals did in the late innings more than made up for this, but it has to be a concern before Game 7.

The Rangers made mistakes, too. Michael Young had two pretty bad errors. Elvis Andrus uncharacteristically played a sure third out into a single when he hesitated on a grounder off Daniel Descalso's bat. Alexi Ogando walked the only two hitters he faced. And we can't be sure that Nelson Cruz could have caught Freese's triple, but he really looked lost out there. For a team that prides itself on defense, we've seen an awful lot of defensive miscues this series.

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:10 pm

Grading Game 6 of the World Series

Look at the picture.  After Freese had trotted around the bases and was almost to home plate with a mob of teammates the catcher still had his face mask on.  That sums up the game for me.  I never wanted it to end.

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:07 pm

Grading Game 6 of the World Series


The execution may not have been the best, but that was one of the most fun WS games to watch that I can remember. Note I didn’t say it was the best game to watch just that it was the most fun. I think we get caught up in athletes being perfect, but in reality it was the mistakes that made this game. Each team had a huge blunder (or 5) and yet overcame adversity; this truly was a fun game to watch because you could see the stress on each players face. You may rate the game poorly but sometimes there is more to a game than just perfect execution. 

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:04 pm

Grading Game 6 of the World Series

Greatest game in World Series history?  Not a chance with 5 errors, Maybe the most exciting-perhaps.

As for those who say the team that wants it more tonight will win---BS.  Unless I see a player or manager give up a limb or an organ to win both teams want this game just as badly.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:25 am

Grading Game 6 of the World Series

Grade THIS!  (and yes I'm grabbing my crotch)  So stupid to try and put a grade on a game like this - WHO CARES!?!?

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:50 am

Grading Game 6 of the World Series

The Rangers were made mistakes, too
The Rangers what??!  Really?!  This article is complete fail.  Get a new career.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:25 am

Grading Game 6 of the World Series

Who cares about your grades . These  are the last two remaining Teams in both leagues. That was a game nobody turned off. It was a battle with extreme stress in later innings.  Mistakes happen to all Teams. Its the battle that we all remember. That was a game to be watched and enjoyed.

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