Nationals Arm Race

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WS Prediction

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So far, I’m basically 50/50 on predictions, having gone 2-for-4 in the DS and 1-for-2 in the LCS.  So i’m no better than a coin flip.  It has been really surprising, the offense in these games thus far, especially from St. Louis.  They scored 43 runs in 6 games against a pretty good Milwaukee rotation and are getting a ton of help up and down the lineup.

Because both series ended after 6 games, both teams have their ideal rotations setup to go for the WS, so we get some great pitching match-ups.  Here’s how the rotations probably stack up;

1 10/19/2011 Tex-Stl Wilson Carpenter Stl
2 10/20/2011 Tex-Stl Holland Lohse Stl
3 10/22/2011 Stl-Tex Garcia Lewis Tex?
4 10/23/2011 Stl-Tex Jackson Harrison Tex
5 10/24/2011 Stl-Tex Carpenter Wilson Stl?
6 10/26/2011 Tex-Stl Holland Lohse Stl
7 10/27/2011 Tex-Stl Lewis Garcia Stl?

After watching St. Louis pound Milwaukee pitching, I worry for the Rangers pitchers in this coming series.  Of course that being said, Texas’ offense is in full blown “go” mode as well.  I see some decent advantages for St. Louis though, especially having home series advantage and getting a Carpenter start in Texas.  I can see them holding serve at home then stealing one in Texas, similarly to what they did against Milwaukee.  I really see Texas’ starting pitching as being vulnerable and St Louis taking advantage.

Prediction: St. Louis in 6.

Written by Todd Boss

October 17th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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  1. Whoops, both teams changed their starting rotations up, so this post is off. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/18/rangers-change-rotation-will-start-colby-lewis-in-game-2

    Doesn’t change the matchups and favorites much…

    Todd Boss

    18 Oct 11 at 8:09 pm

  2. [...] CJ Wilson and don’t think he’s nearly the pitcher that Carpenter is.  I stick with my St Louis in 6 prediction.  Boswell goes against logic and says that Wilson will outpitch [...]

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