Oct 28, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT
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Busch Stadium hosts the final game of the 2011 season tonight.
And so, it has all come down to this. A baseball season that has featured so many twists and turns and dramatic moments will be decided in the 36th Game 7 in World Series history. A good number of those previous Game 7's are some of the most famous in baseball lore. The Senators' 12-inning win in 1924 for their lone championship. Bill Mazeroski's ninth-inning homer in 1960. Jack Morris throwing 10 scoreless innings for the Twins in 1991. Luis Gonzalez's game-winning blooper off Mariano Rivera in 2001.
Some important facts to keep in mind: The home team is 19-16 overall but has won the last eight Game 7's. The last road team to win one of these? The 1979 Pirates in Baltimore. Also, pitching usually reigns supreme. In the last five Game 7's, the winning team has scored no more than four runs.
And some key things to know about tonight's game: Chris Carpenter will start on three days' rest for St. Louis. Matt Harrison will start for Texas on five days' rest. Both starters will be on short leashes, but you wouldn't think Derek Holland is available for the Rangers after pitching out of the bullpen last night. Matt Holliday is off the Cardinals' roster with a wrist injury, so Allen Craig is in the lineup in left field. Also, struggling Rafael Furcal has been dropped to seventh, with Ryan Theriot leading off for Tony La Russa. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both banged up but playing for the Rangers.
Who's going to win? Common sense says you can't pick against the home team, and certainly the Cardinals have all the momentum (not to mention their ace on the mound). That said, there's something about this Rangers team that leads me to believe they aren't sunk quite yet. My head says St. Louis; my gut says Texas.
No matter what, this promises to be something special. It's the first World Series Game 7 since 2002, and it's coming at the end of one of the greatest postseasons we've ever seen. If you're a baseball fan, savor every moment of this. I sure know I will…
107th WORLD SERIES – GAME 7
TEXAS RANGERS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 8:05 p.m.
Radio: WTEM (980 AM), WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), XM 89
Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
1B Michael Young
NL EAST STANDINGS
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m. TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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