The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance to punch their World Series ticket tonight in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, as they lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers.
And, while all of the Texas Rangers will be watching the action unfold, none of them will be too high or too low during a pivotal play. As it’s been the case all season, the Rangers continue to preach the same message – the opponent doesn’t matter.
The Rangers believe that if they play up to their abilities, they can beat any major league team. And that’s the attitude they’re taking into the Fall Classic, regardless if they're flying to St. Louis or Milwaukee on Tuesday morning.
“It doesn’t matter who we play,” Ian Kinsler said. “We worry about ourselves and what we need to do to win games. As long as we play well and our style of baseball, we should have a good chance at it.”
Starter Colby Lewis agreed. The Rangers didn’t face the Cardinals or Brewers in interleague play this season, so there isn’t much past history to go off of between the two teams.
“It’s one of those situations where the better team will prevail,” Lewis said. “We’ll see what happens, but it doesn’t really matter to us.”
Instead, the Rangers are more concerned with winning it all this time around.
“We had a goal to get back here and defend [the AL pennant],” Josh Hamilton said. “The bigger goal is to win the World Series.”
Added Elvis Andrus: “We’re ready mentally and physically. We know what it’s going to take this year.”
-- Drew Davison