The Fall Classic is always one of the most hallowed events of the year on the sports calendar. Though we don’t think that there are many of you out there that predicted the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers playing for all of the marbles, we know that this should be a fantastic series. Check out out 2011 World Series preview.
Year To Date Record: 15-15 +$45
2011 Series Picks: 2-4, -$445
World Series Playoffs Picks: St. Louis Cardinals (+140 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Texas Rangers: We know that the Rangers probably have the most complete team in baseball this year, but we are definitely questioning whether they are deserving of being a -160 favorite to win it all. The Cardinals are playing as well as any team in the bigs right now, really since the beginning of September, and they are averaging over seven runs per game since the start of the NLCS. In there was a 15 run outburst at Miller Park in the close out Game 6 to finish a job that virtually no one figured that they could complete. Remember that at the outset of the playoffs, this team had the longest MLB odds on the board to win it all.
The Cardinals definitely don’t have the advantage in the pitching staff, save for the fact that they have a legitimate ace in Chris Carpenter, something that the Rangers just don’t have. Save for Koji Uehara, there isn’t a pitcher in Manager Ron Washington’s bullpen that has allowed more than a single run in the postseason, including Scott Feldman, who has come into four games and has thrown nearly a complete game’s worth of spotless frames. The issue that we have with Texas is that we don’t really think that any of its starting pitchers are all that great. We know that the Cardinals didn’t end up getting to this point based upon their starters, as none lasted longer than five innings in a single game in the NLCS, but we have no confidence that this staff is holding up, especially with CJ Wilson and his 8.02 postseason ERA starting things off.
In the end, the Cardinals just have the hotter team right now. Sure, the Rangers have the experience from last season’s World Series run, but the team just isn’t as good now as it was then when it had Cliff Lee. Once again, Texas is going to fall just short, and the Redbirds are going to become arguably the most improbable World Series champions of all-time. NLCS Predictions: St. Louis Cardinals in 6