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Don't see how the final game of the World Series could possibly be as exciting and dramatic as Game 6, but you can't rule anything out with these two teams. The Rangers can hit from one end of their lineup to the other and the Cardinals have Albert Pujols and a less-heralded cast that just seems to find ways to win.

Chris Carpenter and Matt Harrison have not been dominant in the early innings, so you've got to think there will be some runs scored throughout the evening and some drama in the final third of the game.

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I'm staying with the Cardinals, though they've already proven me wrong. I had them winning in six, but I can salvage some semblance of prognosticatory self-respect with a Game 7 victory by the home team. Don't know if my theory about wild cards teams is really relevant anymore, but I'll still claim victory if the Cards prevail.

Small World Dept: There are more than 300 million people in this country and yet strange coincidences seem to find me with amazing frequency. Allen Craig, who just hit another home run for the Cardinals and has four or five run-scoring hits in the series, is the son of Ron Craig, who was a Little League teammate of mine in Santa Ana, CA, way back in the mid-1960s. Indeed, it's a small world, as comedian Stephen Wright used to say, but I wouldn't want to paint it.

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