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Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Extra in extras

Thursday night was the 56th extra-inning game in World Series history, and the first since Game 3 of the 2005 Fall Classic between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.

It was also the 10th extra-inning game in Game 6 of the World Series, with the most recent prior in 1992, when Toronto defeated Atlanta to win their first of two consecutive Fall Classics.

National League clubs have now won 25 of the 56 extra-inning World Series games, while American League clubs have taken 28, with three games ending in a tie.

Home teams have now been victorious in 35 of the 56 games (62.5%).

Freese’s flourish

Third baseman David Freese hit the 15th walk-off home run in World Series history, and the first since the White Sox’ Scott Podsednik in 2005’s Game 2 against Houston.

It was just the fifth walk-off home run in Game 6 or later, joining some of the most famous World Series home runs ever – Bill Mazeroski (1960 Game 7); Carlton Fisk (1975 Game 6); Kirby Puckett (1991 Game 6); and Joe Carter (1993 Game 6).

The home run gave the Cardinals their second walk-off victory in World Series history, joining Game 2 of the 1944 Fall Classic, when Ken O’Dea collected an RBI-single to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory.

Earlier, Freese tied the game with a two-run triple in the ninth inning off Rangers closer Neftali Feliz.

Friday’s finish

On Friday night, the Cardinals will attempt to win their 11th World Championship, and their first since 2006.

With a win in the Series, the Cardinals would become the fifth Wild Card to win the World Series, and the first since 2004, joining the 1997 Marlins, 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins and 2004 Red Sox.

All the way

2011 is the 37th time that a best-of-7 World Series has gone to a seventh game (including 1912, when eight games were played following a Game 2 tie).

It is just the first time since 2002 that the Series has gone the distance, when the Anaheim Angels outlasted the San Francisco Giants.

2011 is just the fifth time in the last 23 World Series (beginning in 1988) that the Series has extended to a decisive seventh game. The others: Braves and Twins in 1991; Indians and Marlins in 1997; and Yankees and Diamondbacks in 2001.

Game 7 finishes

In the previous 36 instances (including 1912), the home team has been victorious 19 times (52.8%), while the road team has come out on top 17 times (47.2%).

The home team has been victorious in each of the last eight occurrences, beginning with the Cardinals victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982. The others: Royals over Cardinals (1985); Mets over Red Sox (1986); Twins over Cardinals (1987); Twins over Braves (1991); Marlins over Indians (1997); Diamondbacks over Yankees (2001); and Angels over Giants (2002).

Taking Games 6 and 7

The Cardinals are attempting to become the 19th team to come back from down 3-2 in the Fall Classic under the current seven-game format.

The last team to turn the trick was the 2002 Angels, who trailed the Giants 3-2 before taking both games back in Anaheim. The others include the 2001 Diamondbacks (over NYY); 1991 Twins (over ATL); 1987 Twins (over STL); 1986 Mets (over BOS); 1985 Royals (over STL); 1982 Cardinals (over MIL); 1979 Pirates (over BAL); 1973 Athletics (over NYM); 1968 Tigers (over STL); 1958 Yankees (over MIL); 1952 Yankees (over BRO); 1946 Cardinals (over BOS); 1940 Reds (over DET); 1934 Cardinals (over DET); 1926 Cardinals (over NYY); 1925 Pirates (over WSH); and 1924 Senators (over NYG).

St. Louis in seven

2011 marks the 11th time in franchise history that the Cardinals will play a Game 7 in the World Series, and the first time since 1987.

Of the previous 10 occasions, St. Louis has come out on top seven times, but has lost each of the last two. The three losses came in 1968 against Detroit, 1985 against Kansas City and 1987 against Minnesota.

Their seven Game 7 victories came in 1926 over the Yankees, 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics, 1934 over the Tigers, 1946 over the Red Sox, 1964 over the Yankees, 1967 over the Red Sox and 1982 over the Brewers.

Thanks to MLB for the above research.

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39 Responses to “Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    Matt Holliday is out for Game 7, replaced on the roster by Adron Chambers.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Friday World Series Game 7 lineup: Theriot 4; Craig 7; Pujols 3; Berkman 9; Freese 5; Molina 2; Furcal 6; Schumaker 8; Carpenter 1.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Craig second??????????????????????? Molina 6th?????????????????????????????? this is what the word loser is used for………….probably the only combination “capable” of losing this game……….. we know why this lineup exists……………

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          You’re looking at two good lefties today…….Harrison and then Wilson……….We absolutely have to play for 5 runs………Carpenter is going to give up 4……the only question is……how soon…….. once again we have a lineup in which opportunities are “suppose” to funnel towards Pujols and Molina……… Craig can’t bunt….can’t run……Freese will not see a pitch with Molina behind…………. ………our only chance appears to be unexpected shots from Furcal and or Skip………..

          This lineup tells me Tony is retiring……….. thats what Mo thinks he believe Tony will announce……
          Rangers win the series last night if Cruz didn’t “latin” that fly ball……… he was thinking about the celebration…and the news reels………..lucky us……..and now La Russa bests him with this lineup…

          Maybe Albert breaks down like last night and just takes the easy double…. sweet swing… team player… right………….

        • CariocaCardinal says:

          Looks like it existed to win.

          Don’t sulk Westie, only 160 days until you can return to negativity.

  2. blingboy says:

    The pinky wasn’t a very convincing cover to bench him so it morphed into a wrist injury.

    Glad Tony finally moved Furcal down, maybe we’ll get something out of the leadoff spot.

  3. blingboy says:

    First time through, make Cruz and Napoli skip the rope. Test the wheels. That’s what Gibby would do.

    I’m wondering if maybe Matt didn’t take getting benched too well. Well, if we win it, he can come running out of the tunnell in his warm up jersey.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Every game begins anew. There could be momentum from yesterday. Or a completely different game. In 1968, Flood misplayed a ball. In 1985, the unstoppable Tudor yielded a grand slam.

    We will probably need innings from Jackson, who is well rested.

    We have a good lineup for battling southpaws.

  5. Nutlaw says:

    So, who would have thought that Allen Craig would rob someone of a home run?

  6. Kansasbirdman says:

    Woooooooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  7. Kansasbirdman says:

    11 postseason wins in 2011 for the 11th!

  8. Nutlaw says:

    Simply incredible! I can’t imagine a bigger come from behind season than this one!

  9. LarryBird says:

    I am 48 years old and been a Cardinal fan all my life. I can honestly say this is the best series win EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Bw52 says:

    Yeah baby.Sweet.St Louis Cardinals WORLD CHAMPIONS.Kind of has a nice ring to it.Great job Cards.Thanks.

  11. JumboShrimp says:

    Only the Yankees have more WS crowns.

    Thanks to Mo and TLR, a couple of super geniuses if ever there were any.

    • Bw52 says:

      Way to keep the faith Jumbo.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Is not just faith, but cold blooded reason. Mo and Tony improved the roster by adding Furcal, Rhodes, Jackson, Rzepcynski, and Dotel.

        I do not accept the despair of some fans that Arthur Jackson is “too old.” Or Octavio Dotel is too old. Or Furcal too old. They might have become ineffective or maybe not. You have to play the games to find out. Rhodes got paid $5MM this year by Moneybags Nolan Ryan. How bad could he be? It turned out, Arthur was good enough for WS winning purposes.

        Furcal has been a great player for many years. Same with Dotel. Not sure either has won a WS before. Its great they were able to win one with another great Dominican, Albert.

        Jackson has pitched well for the White Sox in the league with the DH. Obviously he could deliver the good for the Cards, Brian’s doubts notwithstanding.

        The Cards were dopes not to draft Rzepcynski out of college when they could have done so. Better late than never. We did find Allen Craig and Jon Jay, and traded for Freese from the same 2006 draft. Craig was a college senior, Freese a 5th year senior, both “too old” to be prospects. Motte was a catcher who could not hit from an obscure college in upstate New York; its fantastic that he has lifted his game and become effective.

        Punto, Theriot, and Skip are not huge talents. Attitude, hard work, and experience helps them be better.

        Molina is a great player. As are Pujols, Carpenter, Berkman. Freese and Craig are up and coming good hitters.

        Now Mo has to get working on the 2012 team. Its hard to stay on top.

        • Nutlaw says:

          Well, clearly not all of those acquisitions made positive contributions both in the regular season and the postseason, but the Cardinals put together a winning team and that’s all that counts. Straightening out the bullpen and putting a real defender at shortstop were vital midseason corrections.

          I’m pretty excited about the team’s future chances, as well. They’ve got a good core and some promising young players working their way up the system.

          You can’t say that you weren’t as surprised as the rest of us that the Cardinals came back to salvage this season at a few points, though. They worked themselves out of some very improbable situations!

          • RCWarrior says:

            A Team of destiny Nut. The planets had to have been aligned in the correct order for what happened to have happen. But man it was fun to watch.

            • Kansasbirdman says:

              Was that not a huge season? So many things had to happen at the right time all around the league too. Every single game and EVERY SINGLE win was necessary. Crazy!

          • RCWarrior says:

            I also believe that Furcal may have been the biggest acquisition. The relievers were a huge get as well but securing a better defensive shortstop was huge imo.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            “You can’t say that were as surprised as the rest of us…..”

            At one point, Brian was quoting some odds that the Cards had a 3 percent chance of making the playoffs. There are probably statistical illusions in such estimate data, since they are not based on players and rosters, simply on historical win/loss records. Thus if your roster improves, as ours was improved, the forecast is overly negative. I would have guessed the Cards had a 25 percent chance and I have also been long trained by TLR to play a hard 162, not despair about odds.

            Brian treated us to a factual analysis about how the Cards had slumped late in recent seasons. This was factually true, in so far as it went. But the past is over and a weak predictor of the future, in this sort of instance. So the idea we had to lose, because we have tired late in the season in recent years, I did not buy that outlook. Nor do I think we have to lose because Dotel has never reached the playoffs before.

            Was I surprised they won it all? No. On the other hand, would I have been surprised if they were swept by the Rangers or Brewers or Phils? No. In short series anything can happen. I figured the Cards had a competitive chance in each series.

            I did flag Freese could be a surprise factor. Brian did the same with Craig. Both of us were right.

            I believe human motivations matter. TLR likes to acquire good players (like Holliday or Berkman) when he sees a way to land them. He also likes guys who have good work ethics. If everyone dedicates themselves to the team and works hard, then you have a chance to win. Thats about all you can hope for. And thats what you hear from players, when it is said a pitcher did a good job and “put us in a position to win.” There are so many variables, you know nothing is certain, so all you can hope for is to play the game hard and well and hope to be rewarded.

  12. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    So many fascinating and unsuspected turns in the on going conflicts. From out of nowhere, Tony has his coaching style validated…………….BD has his farm system validated……and his “go young/ go cheap” cravings satisfied ………….

    Tony…….sending Skip to the plate with runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 7th…….after Texas goes to their best lefty????????? with only a 4 run lead??????? Lynn giving up to jacks the day before…warming up……….. Skip, who was o’fer….. so shocked he just looks at three straight and heads to the dugout……????? shocking display of sentimentality ………with defensive subs at the ready anyway…………. but alls well that ends well I think………………………….I’d guess that everyone here has a unique opportunity to witness some very interesting “happenings”………. the invisible man/conflict…….. with lots snow on the ground……….yes, there will be speeches to remember today………. me thinks……………….

    You’re right about Furcal RC……….he brought and enhanced the idea of defensive swagger……..and it spread to those that could display it……….. Skip didn’t play second for money…….Theriot didn’t play shortstop………Craig didn’t play second………….you have to wonder about his wheels though…….the demotion to 7th sure woke him up a bit…….sure didn’t shorten his swing very often though……..

    Look for me “around” the parade today………

    • RCWarrior says:

      I like Craig and Freese going forward. Both are impact type players.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Its been a shame when Freese has had injuries. These have suppressed his playing time and output. If healthy, he hits really well and for distance to opposite field, pretty unusual. That makes him a strong hitter, since he can wait to the last split second. He is not going to collect a lot of infield hits, but he can hit for a good average by having a good swing and driving the ball away.

        Craig goes well to RF too, but also pulls well for power, an unusual combination. He must be very smart as a hitter in terms of anticipation.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      there are no conflicts when you win (except those invented by the fans and media). Of course that may have been true for the most part during the season as well.

      Go young/Go cheap? I thought the $70 million payroll that was predicted a few years ago as the “master plan” was the go cheap route. We may not have gone top end but we didn’t go cheap either.

      I’m not sure the trades were that statistically significant but they accomplished 2 things – let TLR use players in more specific roles as he likes to do and it seems it finally brought the team chemistry that the off season acquisitions were touted as doing (but apparently didn’t).

      • JumboShrimp says:

        When you win, some say its chemistry and when you do not reach the playoffs, they say the chemistry is not good, even if it is. “Chemistry” is over-rated.

        McClellan was washed up as a starter, but Jackson was able to fill this gaping hole. Furcal gave better defense than Theriot. Rhodes and Rzep were better than Miller. Dotel was better than Bautista and Franklin, as a veteran reliever.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      I watched the SF parade and events last year……they had some professionals involved……… the tension over Pujols … as he runs by the interviewer to the stage ……… was palpable……..those putting this on were keeping a grip on its content………a tight fisted grip……… the fuss over Freeze…..with no mention of AP record was fascinating ………. Tony’s muteness about his own “first to move” opportunity……..and BD’s open ended innuendo showed me that he know exactly where this is going……… its all up to Albert not to be greedy……….. all the fans waiting….and by their silence…..agreeing……..and understanding the egg shells that he insinuated were there…………………………. 2 hrs……. just a few player comments…………. what a production…………….. and Billy 3……..thanks to all the season ticket holders..please get your cash to us early….you are the ones that make it all happen………

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