Alright, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it totally makes sense for the Cardinals to have Chris Carpenter start Game 7. The starter has yet to lose in the 2011 post season. However, I'm still questioning Rangers manager Ron Washington's decision to go with lefty Matt Harrison. I guess in a few hours we'll know but to me this is Game 7 suicide for the Rangers. Carpenter has easily been the Cardinals best pitcher in the playoffs and Harrison flat out blew game 3. The Rangers don't really have one ace starting pitcher but it would surprise me if we didn't see C.J. Wilson very early in this game. Either way, all hands will be on deck as both managers try to win a single game which can be a very difficult task for managers who are used to playing an 162 game season. It will be an interesting 'chess match'.
Health issues abound for the Rangers as catcher Mike Napoli (ankle) and outfielder Nelson Cruz (what injury doesn't this guy get) are on the mend. Both will likely play but are not at 100%. I'm pulling for the Rangers who have yet to win a championship but the odds are against them. It must really sting to have been on strike away from the championship TWICE last night. Hopefully they have the mental makeup to ignore yesterday's heartbreak and play at an elite level tonight.