By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal
For the second year in a row, baseball fans in Northeast Mississippi will have rooting interest in both teams as the World Series begins tonight.
Amory native Mitch Moreland, a former Mississippi State standout, makes his second consecutive trip to the Fall Classic with the Texas Rangers. Relief pitcher Lance Lynn, a former Ole Miss ace, is a key part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen.
All World Series games will start at 7:05 p.m. on Fox.
Moreland was a mid-season rookie callup for the Rangers last season and hit .348 in the postseason, as Texas lost in five games to San Francisco.
That, in turn, earned a 2010 Series ring for Giants catcher Eli Whiteside, a New Albany native who played at Delta State.
But Moreland has slumped in recent weeks – he’s just 1 for 19 in the 2011 playoffs – and is most likely to come off the bench for Texas in this series.
“If I’m in there, I’ll be ready to go,” Moreland recently told ESPN.com. “If I’m not, I’ll be ready off the bench. Either way.”
Moreland’s only playoff hit had an impact, however – a two-run homer in the Rangers’ 8-6 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cardinals’ Lynn has played a bigger playoff role for his team. After getting activated from the disabled list on Oct. 9, he’s appeared in five playoff games, giving up three hits and no earned runs in 51/3 innings.
He needed just two outs to record a victory over Milwaukee in the first game of the NL Championship Series.
Lynn is the only first-round draft pick on the Cardinals’ 25-man roster. He was the 39th pick in 2008 out of Ole Miss.