ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 5 is where it's decided, right?
That's how it feels, when you go through four games and the World Series is tied. Game 5 is where it turns.
And that means this World Series just turned in favor of the Rangers, who beat the Cardinals in Monday night's Game 5 to take a three games to two lead.
That means it just turned in favor of Mike Napoli, whose two-run double broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. It just turned in favor of Adrian Beltre, whose home run off Chris Carpenter tied the game in the sixth.
And it just turned in favor of Ron Washington, the Rangers manager who announced Monday afternoon that "I'm not as dumb as people think I am."
Washington's decision to break up the left-handed hitters at the bottom of his lineup got him the eighth-inning matchup of Napoli against Cardinals left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.
It got him a Game 5 win, which means everything.
Except when it doesn't.
Six of the last nine times a World Series was tied at two wins apiece, the team that lost Game 5 went on to win the title.
Overall, the numbers say just what you'd think, because 27 of 42 times that a World Series was tied 2-2 (65.9 percent), the team that won Game 5 won the title.
Whatever you think it means, the Rangers are now within one win of their first World Series title.
They got there, in part, by not letting Albert Pujols beat them in Game 5. And they did that, in large part, because Washington ordered him intentionally walked him three times.
The only other players to be intentionally walked three times in a World Series game were Barry Bonds, in Game 4 in 2002, and Rudy York, in Game 5 in 1946.
Bonds' Giants and York's Red Sox won those games.
Each of Pujols' intentional walks led to the Cardinals not scoring in the inning, in part because Matt Holliday's struggles continued. Holliday grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third, and also grounded out when Washington put Pujols on first to load the bases with two out in the fifth.
Then, in the seventh inning, Allen Craig was thrown out trying to steal, presumably after misreading a sign. Washington followed that by intentionally walking Pujols with two out and the bases empty.
Washington walked the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera with the bases empty in the American League Championship Series, in the inning that ended with Nelson Cruz's great throw to the plate.