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C.J. Wilson and Jake Westbrook likely the first arms out of the bullpen tonight

Oct 28, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

The Rangers and Cardinals are hoping their starting pitchers can rise to the occasion tonight, but it will be all hands on deck if either gets into early trouble.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, C.J. Wilson will likely be the first arm out of the bullpen if Matt Harrison needs relief. Wilson has a 6.08 ERA and 24/19 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings this postseason, including a 3.27 ERA and a 7/11 K/BB ratio over two starts during the World Series.

Derek Holland, who allowed one run (a solo homer by Allen Craig) over two innings in Game 6 last night, will also be available, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Meanwhile, on the Cardinals’ side, Tony La Russa announced that Jake Westbrook will get the call if Chris Carpenter can’t go deep into the game. Westbrook has made just two appearances this postseason, but earned the win last night by keeping the Rangers off the board in the 11th inning.

  1. offseasonblues - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Is it 8PM yet?

    • D.J. Short - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      Tell me about it.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:15 PM

        It’s eight o’clock somewhere…..

  2. cur68 - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Got my blue gatorade and a yellow one in reserve for rally purposes. Lets play some ball.

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