Cardinals vs. Rangers: In 9th, St. Louis Looking For 3 More Outs

So, Jason Motte. Yeah. Good luck, Texas Rangers.

As Grant wrote earlier today, Motte's not perfect. Not at all. He's faced 25 hitters in this postseason, and one of them actually got on base.

The other 24, not so much.

Of course, at some point he will be even more imperfect. Maybe even tonight, in the ninth inning of a World Series Game 2 that's still 1-0 Cardinals after eight full innings.

It was very nearly 2-0, as Albert Pujols drove one of Mike Adams' patented sliders -- along with Nelson Cruz -- all the way to the chain-link fence in deepest right field. But Cruz made the catch, Adams exhaled, and eventually Adams retired Daniel Descalso to escape a jam and keep the contest as tight as a contest can possibly be.

So now it's up to Motte in the ninth, when he'll face the top of the Rangers' lineup: Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and -- in a moment that promises nail-biting in the Central Time Zone -- Josh Hamilton, who's not 100 percent but was reportedly popping big flies with some ease during batting practice.

Now the Rangers need a real one of those.

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