jeudi 27 octobre 2011

Game 6 of World Series rained out

ST. LOUIS -- The Texas Rangers will have to wait one more day to attempt to win their first World Series.

With heavy rain expected throughout the day in the St. Louis area, Major League Baseball announced that Wednesday night's Game 6 will be postponed to Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

With the Rangers looking to close out the Cardinals in six games, the postponement is significant because it gives each manager more pitching options for a potential Game 7 Friday night.

Cards manager Tony La Russa could opt to pitch ace Chris Carpenter on three days' rest, rather than stick with scheduled starter Kyle Lohse, who has a 7.82 ERA in three postseason starts.

Carpenter allowed two runs over seven innings in Game 5 -- though Texas went on to a 4-2 win -- and pitched six solid innings to pick up the win in Game 1.

Righty Jake Westbrook could also be a possibility to start Game 7, though he has not started a playoff game this year. La Russa has not said who his potential Game 7 starter would be.

Though Rangers manager Ron Washington has said he will stick with Game 3 starter Matt Harrison in Game 7 regardless of when the game is played, the postponement would give him the option of starting lefty Derek Holland on full rest.

Holland dazzled in Game 4 Sunday night, striking out seven and coming within two outs of a shutout in a 4-0 Rangers victory. Harrison was pulled in the fourth inning of a 16-7 Cardinals victory in Game 3.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia will start for the Cardinals in Game 6, while righty Colby Lewis will take the ball for the Rangers. Both were stellar in Game 2, as Garcia hurled seven scoreless innings and Lewis allowed just one run over six-plus innings of work.

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