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World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:04 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 4:02 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Rangers at Cardinals, 7:05 p.m. CT, Busch Stadium, St. Louis. Series is tied, 3-3.

ST. LOUIS -- While there is rightfully plenty of focus on the Cardinals' Game 7 starter -- it's Chris Carpenter, even though the Cardinals wouldn't say anything on record Thursday night -- I've gotten a good chuckle out of the public reaction to Rangers manager Ron Washington naming Matt Harrison the Game 7 starter.

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Remember back to before Game 4 of this series. Washington was said by many to be making a mistake in letting Derek Holland start, considering Holland was abysmal in the ALCS. And Holland went out and handcuffed the Cardinals for 8 1/3 innings. So now Washington is being questioned for using Holland in Game 6 in relief and going with Matt Harrison as the Game 7 starter. It's amazing how short-term memories rule the day.

Let us also realize Harrison wasn't that far from having a much better outing in Game 3. He was the victim of bad defense and a botched call in the top of the fourth inning when everything came unraveled. It's entirely possible that if Ron Kulpa made the correct call at first base and the defense was perfect behind him that Harrison comes away with a win.

With a 3.39 regular-season ERA, Harrison is no slouch. Plus, Holland will surely be in relief again -- he did a good job in relief in Game 6 after Alexi Ogando's pathetic effort. It would be foolish to count the Rangers out and it would be incredibly short-sighted to question Washington's decision on a Game 7 starter.

Then again, don't you have to like the Cardinals' chances when simply looking at Carpenter vs. Harrison?

PITCHING MATCHUP

Carpenter vs. Rangers:
In 13 innings this World Series, Carpenter has allowed 11 hits, four earned runs and three walks while striking out eight. He has been susceptible to the longball, as he's coughed up three homers. Both Adrian Beltre (4-for-8 with a home run) and Mike Napoli (4-for-8 with two home runs) have hit Carpenter well. Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young (all hitting .167 off Carpenter) do not.

Harrison vs. Cardinals: All we have to go on was Game 3, and it was bad. Harrison was roughed up for five runs (three earned) on six hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Rangers' pitchers would allow 16 runs in that game. There's no question the result was bad, but -- as stated above -- we have to keep it in context. The only Cardinals player who has more than one career hit off Harrison doesn't even play (Gerald Laird). Allen Craig has homered off Harrison while David Freese has doubled, otherwise it's just a bunch of three at-bat samples with a single or walk mixed in. There really isn't much to draw from.

LINEUPS

Rangers Cardinals
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Ian Kinsler 2B 1 Ryan Theriot 2B
2 Elvis Andrus SS 2 Allen Craig LF
3 Josh Hamilton CF 3 Albert Pujols 1B
4 Michael Young 1B 4 Lance Berkman RF
5 Adrian Beltre 3B 5 David Freese 3B
6 Nelson Cruz RF 6 Yadier Molina C
7 Mike Napoli C 7 Rafael Furcal SS
8 David Murphy LF 8 Skip Schumaker CF
9 Matt Harrison LHP 9 Chris Carpenter RHP

NOTES

• The Rangers have still not lost back-to-back games since August, but the Cardinals have refused elimination even under the most dire circumstances. Game 7 will mark the ultimate test and something absolutely will give. It's just a question of which team does so.

• Carpenter was hit pretty hard in his only other start on three days' rest: Game 2 of the NLDS against the Phillies and it's worth noting the Rangers have a much better offense than Philly.

• Rangers ace C.J. Wilson will be available out of the bullpen, just as Holland should be as well. For the Cardinals, expect Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse to be available if need be -- this time with their arms, not just bats. 

Matt Holliday is done, but Cruz and Napoli are both playing. It will be most interesting to see how Napoli's ankle will react after being hyperextended?

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Comments

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:29 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Whatever his name ran two runs in FLUKE FLUKE FLUKE.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:46 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Oh really!  Then I'll take fluke and lucky all day!



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:39 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

One of the best World Series that has happened in a long time. No matter who wins unless you are a homer, you have to agree this is what makes baseball great




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:32 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Hmmm. Makes you wonder though...I mean maybe it's just not flukey anymore



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:15 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

The Cardnals are the biggest fluke of a team in Baseball history. They were so lucky to get the wild card, lucky to beat the Phillies. They were so lucky in the bottom of the 9th and in extras. I hope it runs out tonight. Fluke Jobs


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Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:04 pm
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Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:15 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Hopefully both teams will play better defense.  I hate it when professionals can't do the fundamentals.  While it was the most dramatic and enterataining game I've ever seen, the quality of play was not representative of a world champion.  Plays that aren't technically errors (Cruz no catch, Elvis' terrible fielder's choice) are also not representative of a world champion.  The Rangers will get to Carpenter on short rest and pull this one out in extra innings. 



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:57 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

No matter what the outcome, this series has been GREAT!!

GO CARDS GO!!!!



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:12 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Actually Beltre is allowed to block the bag only if the baserunner slides back to the base headfirst.  If the baserunner is sliding feet first then Beltre is not allowed to block the base with his foot.  So TECHNICALLY that was the perfect play and Hollioday was out.  But still one of the greatest games I have ever witnessed!
Actually, none of that is true at all lol.  Without the ball, there can be NO obstruction to any base but home.  Sliding versus diving has absolutely nothing to do with it, which is why you never see a first baseman blocking first on pick-offs, regardless how the runner chooses to retun to first to beat the pick off attempt.  It is a judgement call as to if the base was blocked in an effort to field the ball.  But clearly, Beltre was set up with his foot blocking the bag before the ball arrived, and it was not necessary to block third in order to field the ball (MLB rules: obstruction 7.06).  But like I said, it didn't end up mattering.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:44 pm
 

World Series Game 7: Harrison in spotlight

Actually Beltre is allowed to block the bag only if the baserunner slides back to the base headfirst.  If the baserunner is sliding feet first then Beltre is not allowed to block the base with his foot.  So TECHNICALLY that was the perfect play and Hollioday was out.  But still one of the greatest games I have ever witnessed!


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