There was little surprise Monday when the opposing teams announced their starters for Game 1 of the World Series.
The Cardinals, as expected, will go with RHP Chris Carpenter on Wednesday. The Rangers will counter with LHP C.J. Wilson.
Carpenter, St. Louis' regular-season ace, pitched a three-hit shutout in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Phillies. He last pitched Wednesday in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, allowing three runs in five innings of a 4-3 win over the Brewers.
Wilson has struggled in the postseason, posting an 8.04 ERA in three starts, including a loss to the Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS. He last pitched Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS, allowing six runs in six innings of a 7-5 loss to the Tigers.
GOING WITH 12: With manager Tony La Russa's aggressive use of his eight-man bullpen a big success during the NLCS, the Cardinals are likely to stick with 12 pitchers on their World Series roster, general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'd be surprised if we didn't have 12," he said.
TV RATINGS: The NLCS on TBS averaged a 2.9 rating. That was down 43 percent from the 2010 ALCS on the cable channel, when the six-game Rangers-Yankees series averaged a 5.1.
The ALCS on Fox averaged a 4.4 over six games, down 20 percent from the 5.5 for the six-game Giants-Phillies NLCS on the network last season.
FIRST FANS: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.
Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled owner and Major League Baseball.
The deal was struck between the two, but terms will not be released, according to a joint statement. The Los Angeles Times reported that Jamie McCourt will receive about $130 million and withdraw her opposition to the proposed sale of the Dodgers' media rights.