A position-by-position look at the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals going into the World Series, starting Wednesday night at Busch Stadium:— First Base Rangers: Michael Young. The team’s primary designated hitter, Young is likely to start at first base over slumping Mitch Moreland in St. Louis, where National League rules eliminate the DH. The longest-tenured Rangers player and a steady leader in the locker room, the versatile Young batted a career-high .338 this season at age 34. Texas has moved him all over the infield and he requested a trade last winter before accepting his new role and compiling his sixth 200-hit season. Young bats cleanup in a power-packed lineup, but he struggled in the playoffs before breaking loose for five RBIs in the ALCS finale. Cardinals: Albert Pujols. The three-time NL MVP can become a free agent after the World Series and it’s difficult to imagine him in a different uniform. His contract situation has hardly fazed him, though. Perhaps the most feared slugger in baseball, Pujols was on his game in the playoffs, batting .419 with two homers, seven doubles, 10 RBIs and six walks.Edge: Cardinals. Second Base Rangers: Ian Kinsler. Thanks to his impressive combination of… Read full this story
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