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World Series, Cardinals Vs. Rangers: Carpenter, Wilson Square Off In Pivotal Game 5

C.J. Wilson and Chris Carpenter square off again in the World Series, this time in a pivotal Game 5.

The World Series has been turned into a best-of-three series, as the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers have exchanged wins through the first four games. St. Louis won Games 1 and 3, while Texas responded to each St. Louis win with a win of their own.

On Monday night, the two teams play again Game 5 of the World Series, with the winner being a mere win away from capturing the World Series crown.

C.J. Wilson starts for Texas, as the Rangers look for a quality effort from their left handed ace. Wilson was hung with the loss in Game 1, lasting five and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, walking six and striking out four. For Wilson, the start could be seen as progress, as it was easily his best postseason start to date. 

Chris Carpenter will oppose Wilson once again. St. Louis' ace was credited with the Game 1 win, pitching six innings while allowing two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out four. The two runs that Carpenter allowed came on a Mike Napoli home run. 

No matter what happens on Monday night, the series will shift to St. Louis on Wednesday night for Game 6.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Televised coverage can be found nationally on FOX.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.