MLB odds - Looking ahead at a possible World Series Game 7 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

By  Kyle Markus

MLB Betting Online: The Texas Rangers lead the World Series 3-2, but if the St. Louis Cardinals can win Game 6 at home, it will be a winner-take-all Game 7 on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 8:05 p.m. ET. The series has gone back and forth through the first five games, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see this matchup go to the limit.

If the series does go to a deciding game, Texas will throw Matt Harrison. He went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA during the regular season, and is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in the playoffs. Harrison has pitched one game in the World Series, giving up five runs - three earned - in 3 2/3 innings. Derek Holland pitched very well in Game 4 and was thought to be an option for Game 7 on short rest, but manager Ron Washington said Harrison will be his starter.

He will have to deal with a St. Louis lineup that roughed him and the Rangers relievers up in Game 3. Harrison allowed five runs before getting pulled, and the Cardinals would go on to score 16 runs in an easy win. Albert Pujols had a game for the ages, batting 5-for-6 with three homers in the game. None of the round-trippers came off Harrison, but Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman will again be the key batters to put away for the Rangers.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa has yet to announce a Game 7 starter. The conventional thinking is Kyle Lohse. He opposed Harrison in Game 3, giving up three runs in three innings of work. Lohse went 14-8 with a 3.39 ERA during the regular season but has a 7.82 ERA and a .301 batting average against in the playoffs.

Michael Young and Nelson Cruz each hit homers off him in Game 3. Mike Napoli has been the hottest hitter in the Texas lineup in the World Series, and batters like Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler are also very dangerous. Jake Westbrook or Edwin Jackson on short rest would likely be the other options to start if Lohse is not the choice.

St. Louis needs to take care of business as favorites in Game 6, but if it does so, this series will come down to the most exciting game in baseball: Game 7 of the World Series. If the Cardinals do come away with Game 6, pay attention to who La Russa chooses as his Game 7 pitcher, because it could have an effect on the MLB odds.

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