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The Texas Rangers make their way off the field after batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel The Texas Rangers make their way off the field after batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, left, looks over to teammate Nelson Cruz during batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, left, looks over to teammate Nelson Cruz during batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alexi Ogando reacts as he walks off the field after the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum Texas Rangers relief pitcher Alexi Ogando reacts as he walks off the field after the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum

BaseballStL (Arlington, Texas) The morning after a Texas Rangers 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals - here in Dallas is feeling pretty good about their chances to win the World Series. A number of the breaks went their way on Thursday night and now the series shifts back to Texas where the Rangers have dominated. Texas finished the season with a 52-29 record at home and has been 4-1 during the playoffs.

The feel you get when watching the local stations and listening to people around town is that the Rangers got exactly what they wanted out of the first two games, a split, and they are ready to ambush the Cardinals this weekend.

There is certainly some reason to be concerned if you are a Cardinals fan, but you only have to look back at the regular season and the playoffs to realize that the Cardinals are very unlikely to lose three straight here in Texas.

The Cardinals went into Milwaukee, which was a historically great home team this season, and won two of the three games there. The Cardinals needed to win a Game 5 on the road in Philadelphia against arguably the best team in baseball this season. The Cardinals won that one too.

The road is not a scary place for the Cardinals. Even when you consider that the weekend will bring on the designated hitter and two starts by Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals remain in good shape to at the very least come back to St. Louis for a Game 6 or even a Game 7.

--Tim Kutsarits is covering the Cardinals and World Series for BaseballStL, KMOV.com and News 4 in Dallas

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