Right-hander Colby Lewis takes the mound tonight after Game Six was postponed last night due to rain. Wednesday’s postponement was the second World Series game at Busch Stadium to be postponed in the past six years.
A win tonight would mark the Rangers’ first World Series title in team history and another milestone achievement in the storied career of baseball great, Nolan Ryan. Texas is the oldest Major League franchise without a title.
After a communication breakdown between St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa and his bullpen caused the wrong relief pitcher to be inserted into the game, Texas catcher Mike Napoli delivered a go-ahead two run double in the eighth inning. Napoli’s hit would be the decider in the game and would position the Rangers one step closer to a title.
La Russa called to his bullpen twice trying to get reliever Jason Motte warming up but the bullpen did not hear the entire message, forcing La Russa to put in left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.
After Rzepczynski surrendered the game-deciding double to Napoli, La Russa again tried to substitute Motte, who was still sitting in the bullpen, but ended up bringing in right-hander Lance Lynn.
After St. Louis dismantled Texas in a 16-7 victory in Game Three, Napoli has led the Rangers to two straight victories. Napoli is hitting .308 in the series with four hits, two of them homeruns. Five of his nine RBIs have come in the last two games.
In Lewis’ last start he gave up four hits and one earned run through six innings of work, earning a no decision.
The Cardinals send Jaime Garcia to the mound to try to stave off the Rangers offense. Garcia pitched lights out in his last start, giving up three hits and no runs in seven innings while striking out seven. With each pitcher getting an extra day of rest, each team should get a maximum performance from their starter.
Look for Texas left fielder Josh Hamilton to have a big game. In the first five games of the series Hamilton has only three hits and two RBIs. Despite a lingering groin injury, Hamilton will be in the lineup and ready to hit in this pivotal Game Six.