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So far, a total of just eight runs. The last time there were fewer through the opening two games at a Series? Try 1950, when Joe DiMaggio and the New York Yankees combined with Philadelphia for four.
“A lot of people thought this was going to be an offensive World Series,” Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus observed before Friday’s workout.
Blame the slump on a few factors: raw weather at Busch Stadium, good pitching and, perhaps most significantly, hitters facing arms they’ve never seen before.
Both teams have flailed away at the plate, chasing sliders and curves that bounced, shattering bats and seeming to guess wrong on what pitches were coming next.
“We need to give good at-bats and get deeper and quit swinging at balls out of the strike zone,” Mike Napoli said.
The hitting woes are a repeat for the Rangers. They batted .190 last season when they lost the World Series in five games to San Francisco.
“Those Giants pitchers, they were awfully good,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “When a pitcher is on, you just don’t have any offense. It’s a testament to the first two games in this Series.”
“It’s a tough place to pitch, especially when you see those flags blowing in. It usually means that jet stream is going to right-center,” Lohse said. “I think everyone in the league knows that.”
Each team adds a designated hitter, with the AL rule in effect at Texas. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will make Lance Berkman the DH and put Allen Craig _ already with a pair of key pinch-hit RBI singles _ in right field.
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