What can a team do that’s more miraculous than coming back from 10½ games on August 25th to claim a playoff spot? Win a Game 6 on the brink of elimination after being just one strike away from losing the series … twice, that‘s what!
If you were fortunate enough to be able to hang in there for Thursday night’s historic Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, you were treated to history and witnessed something that likely won’t ever happen again. Game 6 will likely go down as the greatest World Series game ever (the worst if you are a Rangers fan). If the Cardinals go on to win the series, Game 6 will go down as the greatest World Series game ever…
The 4:33 epic used 43 players including 15 pitchers and 28 position players. Facing elimination, the Cardinals trailed five different times in this game and became the first team in World Series history to score in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings of a game.
Talk about resolve, talk about a will to win. Should the Cardinals win Game 7 and take the series, kids on ball fields around the country will be hearing about this Cardinals team and game as part of motivational speeches long after we are all dead and buried.
Heck, unless the Indianapolis Colts are going to somehow make the playoffs without Peyton Manning coming back and win the Super Bowl after trailing by four TD’s in the 4th quarter, just go ahead and give the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals team the ESPY now.
I don’t know what you’re doing circa 11 pm ET this evening, but if you’re a sports fan and not riveted to the last few innings of Game 7, you’d better have a damn good reason. Game 7 starts roughly 19 1/2 hours after Game 6 ended and the focus immediately shifts to whether or not Tony La Russa is going to bring back his ace Chris Carpenter for a third time in the series.
During the regular season, Carpenter pitched on four days’ rest 18 times, five days’ rest 14 times and six days’ rest once. He made zero starts on three days’ rest. He did make his first start of this postseason on three days’ rest, Game 2 of the NLDS versus the Phillies. He lasted only three innings that game, giving up five hits and four earned runs while walking three.
LaRussa’s other option appears to be Kyle Lohse who has tentatively been named the starter. The Rangers will go with Matt Harrison. If Carpenter doesn’t pitch, unless someone is throwing a shutout, you can forget who the starters on both sides are as they won’t be around long. Don’t expect the pitchers to hit more than the first time through the order as it will be all hands on deck and you are likely to see anyone and everyone. Players will have an entire offseason to rest….
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