Why It’s the Fall Classic

After the first two games of the World Series it is clear why this is called the Fall Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals obviously didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to be the underdogs and roll over to the superior Detroit pitching staff. In game 1 the Cardinals faced Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Verlander has been dominating most of the season going 17-9 with a 3.63 ERA. Instead, the Cardinals took advantage of an off night by the Tigers and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the series. The Cardinals were led by a strong pitching performance by rookie Anthony Reyes who threw 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. The Cardinals offense was led by Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen who accounted for 5 of the 8 hits and drove in 4 of the 7 runs that were scored.

Game 2 of the series was today with the Tigers sending 2006 post season hero Kenny Rogers against Jeff Weaver for the Cardinals. Both of these pitchers have had World Series experience as members of the New York Yankees. Kenny Rogers is coming off 2 of the best performances in his career where he beat the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. Rogers again pitched masterfully throwing 8 strong innings allowing only 2 hits and no runs. This runs his streak to 23 innings of not allowing an opponent to score. Detroit staked claim to this game in the first inning when they scored 2 runs capped by a home run by Craig Monroe, his fifth this post season. That would have been enough offense to win the game but the Tigers added their final run in the fifth inning on a single by Sean Casey. Cardinals starter Jeff Weaver struggled allowing 9 hits in 5 innings and was responsible for all 3 Tiger runs. St. Louis did not give up though scoring a run in the ninth inning off Tigers closer Todd Jones. The Cardinals began to rally and loaded the bases with 2 outs but Jones retired St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina on a grounder to short.

This game and this series have been dramatic and exciting. The series will resume on Tuesday October 24 in St. Louis tied one game a piece. These teams seem much more evenly matched than first anticipated but as we have seen already this post season, all the momentum can change with a single play or a single game meaning this series could be over in 5 if one of these teams suddenly get hot.

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