BY: Richard W. Humphrey
The game times for the World Series games were finally set late in the day Monday. They will all begin at 7:05 PM Central.
Also, Texas named C. J. Wilson as the game one starting pitcher. Wilson was the Rangers’ opening day starter, tied Derek Holland for most wins on the staff with 16, and led the staff with a 2.94 ERA. However, in the post season, he has fared poorly, going 0-2, 8.04 in three starts. His performance has fueled speculation that manager Ron Washington might look elsewhere for a starting pitcher to open the World Series. Washington put that speculation to rest with Monday’s announcement.
St. Louis has named Chris Carpenter as its game one starting pitcher, though there is speculation that he has soreness in his elbow and might be scratched. Carpenter’s record was 11-9, 3.45 during the regular season. He was outstanding pitching a shutout at Philadelphia in game five of the NLDS, but has lasted just three and five innings in his other two post season starts.
Washington also said that Colby Lewis and Derek Holland would start games two and three, but he is unsure which pitcher will pitch which game. Holland has been the game two starter in the ALDS and ALCS, both of which were played in Arlington. Lewis started game three in both series, both of which were on the road. Lewis’s performance was far better this year on the road than at home, giving him consideration to start Thursday in St. Louis.
Matt Harrison will be the Rangers’ game four starting pitcher.
Final rosters aren’t due until Wednesday morning, but there is speculation that reliever Mark Lowe may be healthy enough to rejoin the team and could be placed on the World Series roster. Koji Uehara, who allowed five home runs after being acquired in late July, and who has surrendered three more four-baggers in three post season relief appearances, appears to be the most likely reliever to be to be relieved of World Series duty in order to create a roster spot for Lowe.