Game 5: Carpenter vs. Wilson rematch; Series tied

October 25, 2011 - 1:37 PM
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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols stretches before Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

This is shaping up as the most competitive World Series in nearly a decade.

With the Cardinals and Rangers tied at two games apiece, St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter is set to face lefty C.J. Wilson tonight in a rematch of the opener. First pitch from Texas at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

It's the first time the Series has been tied 2-all since 2003, when the Florida Marlins upset the New York Yankees in six games. The last seven-game Series was the year before that, when the Angels beat the Giants.

Carpenter has excelled in October, but Wilson has been a dud. A 16-game winner during the regular season with a 2.94 ERA, the Texas ace is 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA in four postseason starts this year.

Those numbers could cost him some serious cash, too, because Wilson can become a free agent next month. This is his last chance to prove to potential suitors that he can thrive under pressure in a big postseason game.

Wilson walked six and lost to Carpenter 3-2 in Game 1, though the lefty threw the ball better than he had in his previous playoff outings.

The fiery Carpenter is 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts this postseason. The only time he didn't win, he was pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made a change to his lineup for Game 5, inserting Skip Schumaker in center field. Schumaker, who is batting eighth, replaced slumping Jon Jay, who is 0 for 14 in the Series.

The scrappy Schumaker, who mostly played second base this season, missed the NL championship series because of a strained muscle on his right side. He has one at-bat in the World Series.

Besides his record-setting performance in Game 3, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is 0 for 10.

Game 6 is Wednesday night in St. Louis.