Cardinals vs. Rangers: Two Texans On Base, Pitching Change In 7th

I couldn't have said this better myself, so ...

La Russa is in matchup heaven with 3-2 lead and 9 outs to go. #Cardinals
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After the NLCS, nine outs is nothing for La Russa. He's got eight pitchers in the bullpen -- well, now seven since Fernando Salas is in there -- and only nine outs left.

Whoops. Make that eight outs, as Salas retired Adrian Beltre on a weak grounder to second base.

Maybe this game won't end 3-2, especially now that Nelson Cruz has singled to center with one out. But Lance Lynn, Octavio Dotel, Arthur Rhodes, Marc Rzepczynski, Jason Motte ... La Russa might not win, but Crasnick's right: the manager must be happy, even as his stomach's churning. Because this is why he's on this earth.

Update: Now Salas has walked Napoli on four pitches, and here comes "Scrabble".

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