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2011 MLB World Series starts on 10/19

by Jack Berkins on October 17, 2011

2011 MLB World Series

It was a long and dramatic season and it’s come down to this. Two teams: one improbable upstart and the other looking to avenge last year’s loss. On Oct. 19, the Texas Rangers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 MLB World Series. The redbirds were 10 games out in early September and everyone but the most die-hard had them counted out with their star player, Albert Pujols, headed to a big-market ball club in the offseason. Well, they found their mojo just in time and when the Braves faltered (and faltered some more), the Cards flew in and overtook them on the last day of the regular season. Riding that momentum (AND Chris Carpenter + timely hitting), they got past the highly favored Philadelphia Phillies and fellow underdog Milwaukee Brewers. Do we have a Cinderella on our hands?

Conversely, the Rangers have been the consensus favorite since day one. The 2010 World Series runner-ups carry a major chip and obviously, experience on their side. They got edged out last year by a dynamic San Francisco Giants pitching staff — great pitching usually beats great hitting, especially in the playoffs. This year, they’re up against a rag-tag group of Cardinal pitchers that have come up roses so far. But can they keep it up against the likes of Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and co? We’ll soon find out, but we know one thing, it’ll be fun to watch!

Catch every World Series game on your local FOX channel, starting at 7:30 PM EST on October 19th.

Who are you rooting for?

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