Posted at 12:40 PM on October 28, 2006
by Ben Tesch
The Cardinals beat the Tigers 4-2 in Game 5 on Friday night to wrap up their first World Series title since 1982, continuing the trend this year of highly unfavored teams winning. They even set the record for winning the Series with the least wins in the regular season, a mark previously held by the Twins.
Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein won the Series MVP, going 8-for-22 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. He is now the 3rd player to start at shortstop for two different championship teams, after winning a championship in 2002 with the Angels.
But overall, I couldn't say any more than how ESPN's Keith Law described the series: St. Louis won this World Series not through great play and certainly not through tremendous talent, but by making fewer mistakes than their opponents. There was yet another error by a Tigers pitcher, making it five games in a row that it happened, which was two more than the previous Series record, and making them the first team ever to allow unearned runs in five consecutive World Series games. The errors ended up costing them 8 unearned runs.
So, congratulations to the Cardinals. The rest of the year the Cardinals can bask in the glory of winning it all, and the Tigers can... take some infield.