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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cards Up 2-1

Who'd have thought it? Seriously, who'd have thought that, a month ago, while the St. Louis Cardinals almost had the biggest collapse this side of the 1969 Cubs, that they'd be up two games to one in the 2006 World Series. Not the Detroit Tigers, that's for sure.

After Chris Carpenter shut down the Tigers last night, the Cardinals put their hottest pitcher on the mound tonight in Jeff Suppan, the MVP of the NLCS. With the 3-4-5 hitters of the Tigers all going 0-fer right now, someone's going to have to snap out if it in order to even up the Series. Will it happen?

You'd think that you could only hold down a team so long, but if you look at last year's NLCS, Rolen and Edmonds both were nearly 0-fer as well, much of the reason the Houston Astros found themselves in the World Series. And then were promptly swept by Ozzie and the Southsiders.

As far as prognostications go, I think the Cards will win 2 of 3 in St. Louis and go back to Detroit up 3 to 2, forcing the Tigers to sweep the last two at home to have a chance at their fifth World Series Championship.

As a Cub Fan, it's tough to root for the Cardinals at all, and the Tigers were the team that beat the Cubs the last time they ever saw the Series, way back in '45. My mother is a Cardinals fan, growing up in St. Louis and all, and living there once again, so I'll be happy for her if they win. It's been 22 years since the Tigers have won it, so I'll be alright with that too. In other words, I'm rooting for a Game Seven.

On Kenny Rogers, let the guy be. He wiped off the "substance" (prob pine tar) and still shut down the Cards for seven more innings. Probably helped him mentally more than physically. We'll see him in Game Six and see how that goes.


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