Rangers at Cardinals 2011 World Series Predictions Game 6: With a victory Wednesday night, the Texas Rangers can win a franchise first MLB World Series when they play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. The Rangers, who own a 3-2 lead in the series, have the Cardinals on the brink but must face tough Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia. The Rangers did not have an answer for Garcia in Game 2, getting the win after he was removed. Right-hander Colby Lewis gets the starting call for the Rangers, who opposed Garcia the first time around. Series betting prices on the offshore BetOnline.com MLB Odds board show the Rangers big favorites coming off at -300 ($300 bet to win $100) while Cardinals' backers are getting +250.
The Cardinals set up their rotation in order for Garcia to get two home starts in the World Series. Now they hope to reap the benefits. He was brilliant at home this year, and pitched seven shutout innings at Busch in Game 2. Lewis countered Garcia in Game 2 in St. and took a no-decision, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing one run. He was matched zero for zero by Jaime Garcia, who went seven scoreless innings. Lifetime in the World Series, Lewis is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
With Garcia and Lewis scheduled to pitch Game 6, oddsmakers give the Cardinals a -113 odds edge as favorite with a 7 1/2 (over/under) combined run total. Rangers backers wagering for a SU win are coming off at -103 odds as underdogs. At +1 1/2, Rangers bettors are paying -215 run line price and the Cards at -1 1/2 get the RL wagers at +185.
Mike Napoli delivered the crushing blow in Game 4 and returned to his wrecking-ball ways in Game 5 vs. the Cardinals, hitting a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth to position the Rangers within one win of their first World Series title.
Miscommunication between the dugout and the bullpen led to two missed matchups in the eighth inning for St. Louis. Four intentional walks by Texas pitchers led to zero runs for the Cardinals who left the bases loaded twice in the night. Chris Carpenter pitched brilliantly but allowed two solo homers, and the Cards relief corps faltered. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -132 on the moneyline won, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.