Sunday, October 16th, 2011

And That Makes Three

Last night, the Texas Rangers demolished the Detroit Tigers 15-5 to win the American League pennant and advance to their second consecutive World Series. Now the Rangers await either the Milwaukee Brewers or St. Louis Cardinals to emerge from the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Without a doubt, the story of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was Nelson Cruz. The Rangers outfielder established a new postseason record by belting six home runs during the ALCS against the Tigers. Four players were tied with five homers in a series: Reggie Jackson (1977 World Series); Chase Utley (2009 World Series); Ken Griffey, Jr. (1995 ALDS); and Juan Gonzalez (1996 ALDS). Cruz also set a new record by driving in 13 RBIs in a single series. During the ALCS, he was 8-for-22 with a .364 batting average. Six of his eight hits were home runs, the two others were doubles. He also walked twice. That gave him an OPS (On-base plus slugging) of 1.713.

Tonight, the NLCS shifts back to Milwaukee's Miller Park for Game 6. We will see a rematch of the pitchers from Game 2. Edwin Jackson will pitch for the Cardinals, and Shaun Marcum will take the hill for the Brewers. With a win tonight, the Brewers would force a seventh and deciding game on Monday night. A St. Louis win would send the Cardinals to their first World Series since 2006.

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