(KMOV) – Let’s face it. It isn’t easy winning a World Series especially against a potent lineup such as the Texas Rangers. We asked our contributing bloggers what it will take for the Cardinals to beat the Rangers to win the team’s 11th World Series Championship.
“The Cardinals need to keep playing like a competent, fundamentally-sound defensive club. That is something that eluded them during the regular season and the Rafael Furcal acquisition has gone a long way toward correcting. The Brewers put on a display in this NLCS of what happens when teams get "extra" outs on errors. Detroit's defensive failings in the 2006 World Series help guide the Redbirds to their last championship. With some struggling starters and a taxed bullpen, good defense is key toward keeping the team on course.”
Tim McCullough, FutureRedbirds.net
“The Cardinals can definitely play with the Rangers, so there's no reason to expect that this magic carpet ride has to end abruptly. That said, the biggest key to this series is pitching. The Cardinals need the starters to come out, get their ground balls, and try to not force the bullpen into action as much as they did in the NLCS. The bullpen has to be able to replicate their magic and not get worn down by their usage. If the Cardinals are able to contain that explosive Texas offense, they'll be in great shape to have 11 in 11.”
Daniel Shoptaw, Cardinal70.com
“In order for the Cardinals to secure their 11th World Championship they are going to need solid starting pitching in the Series. It is imperative that several starters go deeper into games than the previous series. It worked in the NLCS but to maintain that high standard facing the Rangers would be a difficult time while facing a deeper batting order than the Brewers. Carpenter and Garcia are needed to get the first two games into the 7th innings in each of them to secure wins at home.”
Tom Knuppel, CardinalsGM.com