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Game 5: Chris Carpenter set to face C.J. Wilson with entertaining Series tied at 2
This is shaping up as the most competitive World Series in nearly a decade.
With the Cardinals and Rangers tied at two games apiece, St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter is set to face lefty C.J. Wilson tonight in a rematch of the opener. First pitch from Texas at 8:05 p.m. EDT.
It's the first time the Series has been tied 2-all since 2003, when the Florida Marlins upset the New York Yankees in six games. The last seven-game Series was the year before that, when the Angels beat the Giants.
Carpenter has excelled in October, but Wilson has been a dud. A 16-game winner during the regular season with a 2.94 ERA, the Texas ace is 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA in four postseason starts this year.
He walked six and lost to Carpenter 3-2 in Game 1, though Wilson threw the ball better than he had in his previous playoff outings.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made a change to his lineup for Game 5, inserting Skip Schumaker in center field. Schumaker, who is batting eighth, replaced slumping Jon Jay, who is 0 for 14 in the Series.
The scrappy Schumaker, who mostly played second base this season, missed the NL championship series because of a strained muscle on his right side. He has one at-bat in the World Series.
Besides his record-setting performance in Game 3, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is 0 for 10.
Game 6 is Wednesday night in St. Louis.