2011 World Series: Expect a Game 6 Pitchers’ Duel Between Lewis, Garcia

Tonight, the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals will meet up for Game 6. The Rangers are one game away from winning their first ever World Series, while the Cardinals have home field advantage for the final two games and can make a comeback.

The series was one many (especially me) expected to be a slug-fest. After all, the Cardinals have Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman while the Rangers have Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and others who can hit a few in the stands.

Only one game, Game 3, has shown that type of slugging. The other have been rather low-scoring affairs, and the pitching has been the story of the series. This will not change tonight.

Game 6 has the opportunity to be a classic just by looking at the starters. Jaime Garcia will only be making his second World Series start, but he pitched seven shutout innings in his first appearance. Despite that, he did not get the win, and he will be focused on adding a World Series win to his resume.

Colby Lewis, meanwhile, is quickly evolving into the next great postseason pitcher. He is 4-1 in his career, and in two World Series appearances he is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. He thrives under postseason pressure, and he will be looking to improve on his 6.2 inning effort from Game 2.

As great as those numbers may be, one still has to ask if these two pitchers can handle taking down such potent lineups. That has already been answered if one looks at Game 2, which was a 2-1 matchup with only one of those runs being allowed by a starter.

Would it not be easy to pick a team to win since this matchup has already been done? Not necessarily, as the Cardinals won Game 1 but lost Game 5 with Chris Carpenter on the mound, who is easily the top postseason pitcher on either team (Lewis would be second).

Instead, Game 5, much like Game 2, fell into the hands of the bullpen, which has always been in Texas's favor. If the Cardinals want to win, they not only have to hit off Lewis, which has shown to be a challenge, but Garcia has to pitch another gem, and who knows how he'll perform.

Due to those factors, I can't jump up and tell you who will win this game like I could for Game 2 (picked Texas). What I can say is that this game will be an exciting one to watch just to see which hitters are able to slip past the gems that will undoubtedly be thrown by these two pitchers tonight.

Game 2 was 2-1, and I see a similar score for tonight's game.

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