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En route to a classic?

Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:49 am
 
ST. LOUIS -- Two World Series games. Two well-played, one-run games.

You never know, but this could be the start of something great.

"It was fun," Rangers first baseman Michael Young said following Texas' 2-1 Game 2 win Thursday. "Dave McKay [Cardinals first-base coach] came up to me in the eighth or ninth inning and said something like, 'Competition at its finest.' And I said, 'Yeah, this is fun, isn't it?'

"That's exactly what it is. Fun."

The game was scoreless through six innings. The only other time in World Series history the first two games have even been scoreless through three came in 1961 when the Yankees and Reds did it.

Of course, by the end of the ninth, it was the Rangers who were having the most fun. Staring at an 0-2 hole heading back to Texas, the fact that they were able to squeeze two ninth-inning runs out of the rigid St. Louis bullpen to even the series could be a series-changer.

"It's huge," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "We came here for sure wanting to get a win so we could get back home with a chance to win. It was a pretty good game. Jaime Garcia did a really good job.

"Our approach was let him pitch, because he gets wild. He didn't get wild."

But the ninth inning did, and this series could.

Fasten your seatbelts.
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:04 pm
 

En route to a classic?

Why is everyone hate on the Rangers so much? We have played our stlye of ball all year and never quit. The same way game 2 went down. What's luck about a ball dropping in the outfield. It happens in every other game all year long. Just happened at the wrong time for the Cardinals. Even the guys calling the game are beating up the Rangers for not hitting. The Cardinals have the exact amount of hits through the series at this point. They are not hitting either. Wilson and Lewis are not even #2 starters on most teams and they did pretty good for us. Carpender IS an ACE and Garcia is ACE on most staffs. Why not bang on the Cardinals for not hitting average pitching? Whatever. Now we are home and the sissy-hitting pitchers are not easy outs. Let's go Rangers!



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:16 pm
 

En route to a classic?

AMEN to Elvis and Kinsler......that's a dynamic duo right there.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:29 am
 

En route to a classic?

Luck...hmm....speaking from a Rangers perspective:  We were 'lucky' the ball hit Cruz's foot in game on to keep it at a one run game.  'Lucky' Pujols' 8th in shot fell one foot short.  'Lucky' that Elvis and Ian were absolutely sick on the defensive side tonight.  'Lucky' that Ian got under that tag in the 9th.  Luck has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with it.  Do we call the Cardinals 'lucky' for even being in this spot?  No they are called a team of 'destiny'.  This is simply turning into an absolute classic World Series chess match.  LaRussa won game one, Wash won game two. (although I will say til the day I die that steal by Kinsler was stupid.  I don't care if it turned the tide and could possibly win the series, you can't take a chance on an out with Molina behind the plate.)  What I am thoroughly shocked by is there is nothing being said about Elvis and Ian's sick plays in the field in the 4th and 5th innings.  That saved the game last night.  I can't wait until game 3 saturday!



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:07 am
 

En route to a classic?

Why people throw out the "luck" term is beyond me.  Broken bat bloop singles happen dozens of times throughout the baseball season.  Sure, it was a fortunate hit.  But countless numbers of hits are just that---fortunate.  Great teams take advantage of breaks, and the Rangers did just that.  Stolen base, single, smart base-running to advance to second on Pujols' error, sac fly, sac fly, game over.  Any true Cardinal fan should look at the Rangers in the 9th inning last night and think one thing----it was "Whitey-Ball", the "small ball" form of baseball that Whitey Herzog used to help the Cards win three pennants and one World Series in the 80's.

Personally, I think LaRussa should have left Motte in the game to walk Hamilton and then face three consecutive right-handed hitters.  Let your closer finish the job.  If you lose, at least you lose with your best guy on the mound.  Tip your hat and move on to game 3.  But Motte was clearly the best option for the Redbirds.

This series could be a classic.  Everyone talks about Texas going home with the big hitters they have.  Well, Pujols, Berkman, Holliday, Freeze, and Craig all have a bit of pop in their bats as well.  I think we won't be seeing quite the pitching we've seen in the first two games, but I don't think we're going to be seeing 10-8 games either. 

Also, with all the talk about Texas being great at home, so were the Brewers.  Milwaukee was the best home-team in baseball this year, and the Cards were 2-1 at Miller Park in the NLCS.  The ball flies at Miller Park, just like Arlington.  Cards are certainly not out.  2-0 would have been better (obviously), but this team has a never say die attitude, and they have been a solid road team in the playoffs (2-1 in Milwaukee and 2-1 in Philadelphia). 

Personally, I think this series WILL be a classic.




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:41 am
 

En route to a classic?

Haha, because he aimed his hit right there?  Not a chance.. it was a blooper off the end of the bat that dropped--don't try to spin this into anything else



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:37 am
 

En route to a classic?

What allows luck to determine the outcome is having enough skill so that the lucky breaks make an impact....


To add to this comment....
What allows luck to determine the outcome is having enough skill so that the lucky breaks make an impact in a closely contested game OR one team is far superior that Luck does not factor into the outcome.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:34 am
 

En route to a classic?

Willie,

Let me try to educate you on Luck's role in sports.  Luck is an inherent part of EVERY sport.  Just like Gambling.   There is a certain % of skill and the rest is Luck.   What allows luck to determine the outcome is having enough skill so that the lucky breaks make an impact....

Take Game 5 of the ALCS.  The Tigers hit a ball right down the line that Beltre was in position to make a routine play on .   The ball hit the bag and bounced over Beltre for a double and lead to more than one run..  This was Luck BUT it did not matter becasue the Rangers were that much better than the Tigers.

Game 1 of the World Series- Take Craigs' RBI hit.  it was a bloop to right field that Cruz was a foot late on Craig is lucky that Cruz was 1 foot to the left or else it is a routine fly ball.  but it was the difference in the game because the Cardinals played very well if they did not then perhaps that RBI is just a line in the box score and the Rangers win 8-3.

in summary Luck is everywhere in sports but is the skill level that allows it to be a factor in the game.   Some people use it as an excuse a place to lay the blame so that they can feel better about the results (ex: Cubs fans and Steve Bartman <-- had no impact on the outcome).




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:23 am
 

En route to a classic?

Not lucky.  Smart.  The outfielders were playing way back.  That was the perfect spot to hit it.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:04 am
 

En route to a classic?

WILLIE,

What exactly would you call Craig's 2 hits to right field both leading to runs? Thats baseball and it has nothing to do with luck. 




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:54 am
 

En route to a classic?

Oooh, do we get to call the Rangers "lucky" finally?  Rally starting with the weakest pop-flare over short, ever.


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