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World Series Preview Game 1 – Cardinals A Home Favorite Over Rangers

The 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers begins with Game 1 on Wednesday night from St. Louis.

The Rangers might have the better record, but the National League won the All Star game, and as such, get the home field advantage.

World Series Betting Odds on online sportsbooks favor the Rangers to capture the championship however.

This is Texas’ second-straight trip to the Fall Classic, and they hope to come away with a different result than they did last season against the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers are experienced and are determined.

But the Cardinals won a World Series not that long ago. However, they St. Louis knows that they will have their work cut out for them in this match up.

“The Rangers are scary. They’re a scary team,” NLCS MVP David Freese said. “You look at that lineup, you look at that staff. It’s going to be a battle. I think we’re a team that can match up with them a little bit. And they’re confident, we’re confident. It’s been a tough road. I’ve definitely been watching the ALCS for sure. That’s some good ball over there.”

Game 1 will match Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals against C.J Wilson for the Rangers.

St. Louis has been set as a slight favorite on World Series Game 1 Odds, despite being the underdog for the series on the whole. Oddsmakers are clearly favoring Carpenter in the pitching match up over Wilson for this opener.

But Carpenter will have his work cut out for him with a Texas line up that includes Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre.

“I haven’t thought a lick about it,” Carpenter said following the series win over Milwaukee. “I’m excited for our ballclub, I’m excited for our organization. Unbelievable. This group of guys, I’ve been saying all year long, it’s the most amazing group of guys I’ve been around.”

The Cardinals have been on quite the roll though since the beginning of September, winning 18 of 23 games and coming from well behind to claim the NL Wildcard just to get into the post season.

And now, two series wins later, and St. Louis is on the verge of another championship.

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