The home team has won eight straight Game 7s in the World Series, a streak started by the Cardinals in 1982 against Milwaukee. This is the first time the Series has gone the distance since 2002, when the Angels beat San Francisco.
Harrison gets the ball for Texas. Let down by his defense, he was pulled in the fourth inning of a Game 3 defeat.
Twice, the Rangers were one strike away from their first World Series championship Thursday night. They couldn’t nail it down.
Now, after such a painful defeat, can they possibly recover? The last team to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road was the Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore in 1979.
Texas hasn’t lost consecutive games since Aug. 23-25.
Almost lost in all the back-and-forth excitement Thursday night were injuries to several key players. Cruz strained his right groin and Napoli twisted his left ankle, but both Rangers sluggers are in the Game 7 lineup.
Holliday’s absence might not be such a terrible thing for the Cardinals at this stage.
Sure, it shortens their lineup. He’s a dangerous hitter and a legitimate All-Star. But he really struggled with his swing during the World Series (.158) and he hurt the Cardinals with his glove and on the bases in Game 6, too.
With Holliday out, Freese moves up to fifth in the lineup, perhaps providing better protection for Pujols and Berkman. Freese has been a clutch hitter throughout the postseason, never more so than Thursday night.
Speedy outfielder Adron Chambers, a rookie, replaced Holliday on the active roster. Fox sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal says Chambers was grabbing a bite to eat with his girlfriend at a TGI Friday’s when he saw the scroll on television saying he’d been added to the roster for Game 7. That’s how he found out.
Clear skies at Busch Stadium. The temperature is 51 degrees, with a little light wind.
All set to play ball.
By Jay Sekulow
The left's outrage over the IRS turns to a plea to 'move on'
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
News and opinion from a Millennial Urbanite with Southern sensibilities,
Politics and pop culture from the perspective of an independent hip-hop conservative
Positive propaganda for a nation in peril.
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Spelling Bee finale
Marines train Afghan soldiers
Rolling Thunder 2013
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal