WORLD SERIES UPDATE X

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey

Game six of this year’s World Series was postponed early Wednesday afternoon with word coming down shortly after 2:00 PM (Central).  It is now scheduled for Thursday at 7:05 Central.  Rain fell much of the day in St. Louis, and the forecast for the hours when the game would have been played was “iffy”.  MLB made the wise decision to postpone the game for 24 hours.  The championship of baseball needs to be decided under optimal conditions.  The forecast for Thursday and Friday (if game seven is necessary) is mostly sunny with high temperatures of 60 and 62.

The pitching match up remains unchanged with the postponement.  Colby Lewis, who was 14-10, 4.40 during the regular season, remains the game six starting pitcher.  Over the past two post seasons, Lewis is 4-1, 2.22 in seven starts.  left-hander Jaime Garcia remains as the Cardinals’ game six starting pitcher.

Rangers’ manager Ron Washington also remained committed to the lineup changes he previously announced for game six.  Since there is no designated hitter in the National League park, Lewis will bat ninth, and Michael Young will move to first base.  Craig Gentry, a right-handed batter, will go to center field, moving Josh Hamilton to left.  David Murphry and Mitch Moreland are the two game five starters that go to the bench.

If a game seven is necessary, Ranger manager Ron Washington remains committed to starting Matt Harrison.  With the travel day and rain-out, Derek Holland could start Friday night on regular rest.  Number one starter C. J. Wilson will also be available in the bullpen.

T. R. Sullivan at MLB.com reported that the Rangers were able to get in a workout Wednesday.  The hitters hit in the indoor batting cages.  Light throwing took place in the outfield, and the outfielders took fly balls.

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