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Cardinals beat Rangers, win World Series

Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:32 pm
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Cardinals

By Matt Snyder


ST. LOUIS -- For the 11th time in franchise history, the St. Louis Cardinals are World Series champions. They won Game 7 Friday night to once again secure the crown.

Hero: Have to go with Chris Carpenter here. He is 36, had already piled up 250-plus innings (regular season and postseason) on his gimpy elbow and was going on three days' rest for just the second time in his career. And the first four batters he faced? Single, walk, double, double. But that was it. Two runs. He ended up working six strong and holding down the powerful Rangers' offense. You can't say enough about the effort from the ace. Yes, that's his job. But it doesn't mean he's not the hero of Game 7.

Goat: Scott Feldman faced six batters. He walked three (one intentional, sure) and hit one with a pitch. It was just a 3-2 game before Feldman's brutal 2/3 of an inning. By the time C.J. Wilson hit a man with the bases loaded (which Feldman left him), it was 5-2 Cardinals and the feeling that the game was over had started to seep into Busch Stadium. There's a lot of blame to go around, but Feldman's debacle was the worst.

Turning point: The Rangers had all the momentum after the top of the first, but the Cardinals answered right back with two of their own in the first. And then Allen Craig hit a home run in the bottom of the third, and the Cardinals had everything under control.

It was over when ... Yadier Molina singled to tack on the sixth run. It was the bottom of the seventh, and a 6-2 lead -- combined with the general feel that it was the nail in the proverbial coffin -- appeared insurmountable. And it was.

Next: Pitchers and catchers report in mid-February. We'll also be getting free agency and trades here quite soon in the offseason. If you combine the improbable runs of the Cardinals and Rays in the regular with the great postseason -- and heart-stopping World Series -- this has to go down as one of the great seasons in recent memory. It's time to just reflect back on all the exciting baseball we saw this season, especially in the past six weeks.

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Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:41 am
 

Cardinals beat Rangers, win World Series

I am so happy the Cards won. So just like last year I can say The Phillies lost to the best. To the World Series Campions. But the question on the front is the best world series in the last ten years. Without a doubt it was the Boston Red Sox who was counted out. What a great  Chamionship for them, the city and all the lovers of Baseball. Yankee fans weren't happy that year. Texas is getting closer and closer every year. So I believe it will happen. P.S. Boston was not an option on the front page. I don't know why.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:47 am
 

Cardinals beat Rangers, win World Series

How's that July 27th trade with the Blue Jays looking now?

Lot of keyboard knowitalls were giving Mozeliak a beating over that one.

Oh, and Adam Wainwright will be reporting to spring training along with everyone else. Good times in St. Louis.
I had just talked about this on the game recap here on CBS Sports, without that deal they don't go on that unbelievable run they did, Rasmus was obviously causing some tension in the club house, getting rid of him was also addition by subtraction. Good trade for the Jays thought too, get rid of a couple relievers and flip a starting pitcher into Rasmus who should have a good career in Toronto, or atleast get his value up to be dealt by the time superstar in waiting Gose comes to the bigs.

Enjoy it while you can St Louis fans, if someone waves enough dough in Pujols face he might just take off, despite his bromance with LaRussa.  



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:15 am
 

Cardinals beat Rangers, win World Series

How's that July 27th trade with the Blue Jays looking now?

Lot of keyboard knowitalls were giving Mozeliak a beating over that one.

Oh, and Adam Wainwright will be reporting to spring training along with everyone else. Good times in St. Louis.


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