St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski throws during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese takes batting practice Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Cardinals are scheduled to play the Texas Rangers in Game 3 of baseball's World Series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) By Tony Gutierrez
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus slides into second beating the tag by St. Louis Cardinals' Rafael Furcal during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus starts a double play on a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
(BaseballStL)-- Game Three is just hours away here in Arlington and all anyone wants to talk about in St. Louis and even here in the Dallas area is the disappearance of Albert Pujols after the Game Two loss.The story has dominated the coverage of the World Series and has really taken away from how great this World Series has been thus far.
That being said, it is a legitimate story and is worthy of the scrutiny considering that Pujols is the face of baseball and is about to embark on a very contentious contract negotiation during the offseason.Add in that we are talking about baseball immortality in the next six days and it makes for a very interesting off day conversation.
The scene at the workout surrounding Pujols was comical.Immediately following the “workout” Pujols stepped behind the batting catch and it was a scrum to hear from Pujols.There were easily 75 different media members surrounding Pujols and he didn’t hold back.He criticized the media, of course, and said laughably that no one came to speak to him so he left.No one wants to talk to the game’s best player after a World Series game?He knows that and he got called out on it.It was a ridiculous moment for Pujols.
Tonight though will bring us back to the field where it is Kyle Lohse vs. Matt Harrison.Both pitchers had the exact same amount of wins (13) and the exact same ERA (3.39) in 2011.Clearly they are both about even and that is only appropriate in a series that is tied 1-1 and had both games decided by one or two plays.What to expect tonight is hard to say.Lohse scares me as a pitcher.Clearly he was good to very good at times this year, but there is always the nervousness of a Lohse start.Meanwhile, I think I am like most Cardinals fans that have not seen much of Matt Harrison pitch any more than possibly one time during the playoffs.Harrison is an unknown and Lohse always is unpredictable which could make for great theater tonight.
There is a sense of excitement today in Dallas.The World Series is a big deal and obviously the Rangers faithful believe that good things are going to happen for the Rangers coming back to the Ballpark at Arlington and the first baseball World Championship will be theirs within a week.It should be a great night for baseball.
We’ll have updates from the Ballpark a little later this afternoon.
--Tim Kutsarits is covering the Cardinals and World Series for BaseballStL, KMOV.com and News 4 in Dallas