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Crown the Cardinals!

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols slaps hands with relief pitcher Jason Motte after defeating the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) slaps hands with relief pitcher Jason Motte (30) after defeating the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of MLB’s World Series baseball championship in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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We like to say that anything can happen in a short series, but at some point you have to acknowledge that some things happening are pretty unlikely, at least from a statistical/historical point of view.

Example: the team losing Game 1 of the World Series going on to win it. In fact, as noted in the AP gamer, the winner of Game 1 of the World Series has won seven of the last eight titles, 12 of the last 14 and 19 of the last 23.

Of course the Rangers can still win this. They barely lost last night’s game against the opposition’s best starter in freezing conditions. There is no such thing as a locked-in fate or whatever, and I don’t want to oversell this idea.

It’s just that if they do win, just understand that they’ll be doing something that -- by the numbers anyway -- hasn’t happened all that often in recent years.