World Series Notebook
October 19, 2011
Team Record Home Away Over-Under
103-69 56-30 47-39 90-73
97-76 48-38 49-38 94-74
Series Price: Texas -155 St. Louis +135
Series Format: St. Louis 2-3-2
Game 1: Wednesday Oct. 19
Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20
Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23
*Game 5: Monday, Oct. 24
*Game 6: Wednesday, Oct. 26
*Game 7: Thursday, Oct. 27
Team Record Home Away Over-Under Wins by 2 runs or more Losses by 1 run
7-3 4-1 3-2 6-4 4 0
7-4 3-2 4-2 7-3-1 4 1
Betcha Didn't Know
Texas went 9-9 against the National League - 5-4 on the road, 4-5 at home.
When playing in NL parks, the 'under' was 7-2 for the Rangers. At home, the 'over' was 6-2-1.
St. Louis was 8-7 against the American League - 6-3 on the road, 2-4 at home. (Make a note that 5 of the 6 wins came against the O's and Royals)
The 'under' was 6-3 for the Cardinals when using a DH in AL parks. The 'over' went 4-1-1 at Busch Stadium versus AL clubs.
St. Louis is 21-22 against lefthanders, which includes a 9-15 mark at home.
Texas has crushed lefties at home (18-8) but are a pedestrian 9-14 on the road for an overall mark of 27-22.
Two games of the World Series are scheduled on Wednesday (1, 6) and two games for Thursday (2,7).
The Rangers have gone 14-11 and 7-11 in those respective days, while the Cardinals own a 13-15 and 14-7 mark.
Betcha Didn't Know - WS Facts
The World Series hasn't seen a Game 7 since 2002 (Anaheim-San Francisco)
There have been three sweeps in the last eight World Series, all by the American League (Boston 2004, Chicago White Sox 2005, Boston 2007).
The last three National League wins in the World Series all ended in exactly five games (St. Louis 2006, Philadelphia 2008, San Francisco 2010).
The Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols (5/1) is the favorite to win the WS MVP. The last time a first baseman won the MVP was in 1979, when Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates captured the hardware.
The crew is led by Jerry Lane, who will be behind home plate for Game 1. Listed below are the total results (O/U) for each umpire.
Jerry Lane: 13-17
Greg Gibson: 9-21
Alfonso Marquez: 14-19
Ron Kulpa: 15-18
Ted Barrett: 17-14
Gary Cederstrom: 12-21
After Lane, Gibson should go behind the plate in Game 2 since he's listed at 1B for Game 1. If the pattern continues, then the following umpire would be behind the plate as the series continues.
Game 1 Analysis
For all the baseball purists that believe the World Series is ruined thanks to Interleague play, this season's World Series is actually a unique matchup. The Rangers have never visited Busch Stadium, while only playing the Cardinals in just one series ever, coming back in 2004. The two pennant winners meet up in Eastern Missouri on Wednesday for Game 1 of the Fall Classic in an unexpected meeting of a pair of clubs that took different roads to get to this point.
C.J. Wilson takes the mound in the series opener for the Rangers, seeking his first win in the postseason. The Texas southpaw has put together an ERA of 8.04 in three playoff outings, while allowing six earned runs in two separate starts against Tampa Bay and Detroit. The Rangers own a 2-4 record in Wilson's six road underdog outings this season, including the Game 5 loss in the ALCS at Detroit.
The Cardinals counter with their ace Chris Carpenter, who received extra rest after St. Louis eliminated Milwaukee in six games of the NLCS. Carpenter hasn't tossed many innings in the postseason (17 IP in three starts), but turned in one of the best playoff starts in history with a complete game shutout of the Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS. The Cardinals are just 2-6 in the former Cy Young Award winner's last eight starts at Busch Stadium, but one of those victories came in Game 3 of the NLCS over Milwaukee.
The Rangers have dominated right-handed starting pitching in the playoffs with a 7-2 record, while the Cardinals are just 1-2 against southpaw starters. Texas will not have home-field advantage in this series due to the National League winning the All-Star Game, but the Rangers have seen success on the highway by winning 10 of their previous 13 games away from Arlington.
Exact Game Props - Bodog.com
Texas Rangers 4-0 (8/1)
Texas Rangers 4-1 (4/1)
Texas Rangers 4-2 (4/1)
Texas Rangers 4-3 (9/2)
St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 (18/1)
St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 (17/2)
St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 (11/2)
St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 (19/4)