According to FanGraphs, the St. Louis Cardinals have about a 95% chance of winning tonight's game. This should be giddy time for fans in and around the St. Louis area. They are, after all, the best fans in baseball*
But all of those good tidings, all of those warm fuzzies, would have gone far, far away with just one injury. Say, an injury to the greatest hitter of his generation. Albert Pujols, maybe. In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Braun dove to beat out an infield hit -- getting called out on a questionable call -- and in the process, he dove into Albert Pujols. This created a supernova of awesome hitter, but it also hurt Pujols in the process.
Pujols writhed in pain, clutching his right wrist. It was an awful scene, but it looks like everything's okay. Pujols stayed in the game, and took an at-bat in the top half of the sixth. He looks like he's fine.
For a moment, though, the heart of every baseball fan sunk. If there's a Cardinals/Rangers World Series without Albert Pujols, does it make a sound?
*As determined by a national taste test.