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Sunday, October 22, 2006

How About Those Cardinals?

There's nothing quite so satisfying as seeing the Conventional Wisdom turned on its head. Which is what we saw last night at Comerica Park.

Last night's game left the pundits scrambling to explain why the Cardinals managed to win a game (in convincing fashion) from the mighty Tigers, who many predicted would take the World Series in three games.

On the surface, the reasons that Cards won were simple: Reyes pitched a great game (although the pundits seemed more interested in his cap brim than anything else) and the offense put up seven runs. Good hitting and good pitching will win you some ballgames.

No predictions here that the Cardinals will pull off a stunning upset (like in 1968, the last time these two teams met in the World Series). Of course, as the National League half of this partnership, my rooting interest is for the Cardinals.

On paper, the Tigers are the better team. But the Cardinals beat another team that was better than them to get to this point. Hopefully the Super Genius and his crew will have enough left to make this an interesting World Series.

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