The St. Louis Cardinals will be World Series champs.
Nah. I just don’t see it happening.
I just needed to type it out and it certainly doesn’t look right.
The Cards’ magical, wild-card ride into the Series gets stopped by the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers have the hitters, the better bullpen and the better starting pitching. The only edge I give the Cardinals is with Chris Carpenter as the No. 1 starter, but, as the Brewers proved, he can be beat.
The Rangers have the hitters — Nelson Cruz is playing out of his mind right now and Josh Hamilton is magic with the bat. On top of that, is David Freese really going to keep up the hot hitting for the Cardinals? David Freese is an LCS MVP? It’s one of those anomalies that happen from time to time in baseball’s playoffs. He won’t do it again.
I’ll take Mike Napoli over Yadier Molina at catcher, Ian Kinsler over Ryan Theriot at second base, Adrian Beltre over Freese at third, Elvis Andrus over Rafael Furcal at Short (heck, Furcal might get injured during warm-ups tonight), Hamilton over John Jay and Cruz over Lance Berkman in the outfield. You can have Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday.
And don’t give me the Tony La Russa is the better manager argument. First, managers don’t make that much of a difference. Second, La Russa’s overrated.
I know, I picked the Cardinals to win the National League Championship Series. They seemed to be a team of destiny, getting into the playoffs when they should have been eliminated, casting aside the Phillies and beating the Brewers. That doesn’t mean I have to pick them again.
I don’t see how the Cardinals pick up four wins against the Rangers. In fact, I don’t think they win three.
The Rangers in six, just like Nolan Ryan said.