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The Texas Rangers didn't have to wait very long to see who they'd end up facing in the 2011 World Series. Just a day after they beat the Detroit Tigers to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in Game 6 to send the Milwaukee Brewers packing for the offseason.
This matchup is going to be pretty awesome, pitting All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton against Albert Pujols, while guys like Nelson Cruz and David Freese have become household names as Championship Series MVP's. Then there's the relief corps, which can clearly handle just about any task put in their paths as the starters from both sides have been less than reliable recently.
The first, last, and only time these two teams met was back in 2004 for a three-game Interleague series in Texas,which is tied for the fewest games between a pair of opponents in the big leagues. Chris Carpenter, Yadier Molina, and Albert Pujols are the only three remaining players from that St. Louis roster.
Michael Young is the only holdover left from that 2004 Rangers team who was forced to hang out with Kenny Rogers, while then 24-year-old Colby Lewis pitched in only a handful of games that season.
Luckily for Arthur Rhodes, who we honestly can't believe still pitches, he will get a ring either way after beginning the year with the Rangers (who is paying the majority of his salary) and ending it with the Cardinals.
Since the National League won the All-Star Game this summer, the Cards get to enjoy home field advantage with Game 1 set for Wednesday night with Chris Carpenter taking the hill for the home team against C.J. Wilson and the slightly-favored Rangers. Tony La Russa looks awfully excited.