Well, I did well through the Division series picking 3 of 4 teams, but, the CS did not go as well as both teams I picked did not make it through. This toughens things, the Cardinals or the Rangers. Let’s do comparisons first…
Advantage Rangers. First of all, the Caridnals’ closer Motte, can not yet be trusted in big situations while Neftali can. Also, I would rather Adams, Uehara, and Ogando in the late innings over Dotel, Salas, and Rzepczenski(???).
Leadoff Men: Furcal vs. Kinsler.
Kinsler. Easy. The man is a beast.
Middle of the Lineup:
This one has to go to the Birds. I feel that Hamilton will struggle and the combined power of Pujols, Berkman, and Holliday is a scary post season tandem.
Texas. They are too deep for the Cards. Outside of Pujols, Berkman, Holliday, and Freese..the Cards have nothing on Texas.
This one is tough. I almost want to call a draw, but I cant. Carpenter is better than Wilson, so that goes to the birds there. However the rest is Holland, Lewis, and Harrison Vs. Garcia, Jackson, and Lohse. To me, since I think pitchers will excel in this series, I have to give the advantage to the Rangers because of A, the lineup they have to pitch through and B, they have power arms. It is really a toss up though.
WORLD SERIES PREDICTION.
The Fall Classic will be 7 games long.
There will be a parade for Nolan Ryan through Texas.
Rangers in 7…write it down.