America's favorite pastime entered into its championship series last night as the Texas Rangers faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the World Series.

The Cardinals rode six strong innings from Chris Carpenter, another stifling bullpen effort and a pair of run-scoring singles to a win in Game 1 of the World Series, 3-2, over the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. If a perception emerged during the National League Championship Series that the Cards would need to bash the ball to win, that perception is mistaken.

You don't get this far without an ability to win in plenty of different ways. On Wednesday, the home team played strong defense and took advantage of a couple of chances against Texas starter C.J. Wilson and reliever Alexi Ogando to secure the win. St. Louis won for the 31st time in 44 games, dating back to the regular season.

The team winning Game 1 of the Fall Classic has gone on to win the series 66 out of 106 times in the history of the event. The last 10 teams to win Game 1 at home have gone on to be World Series champions.

Source: Worldseries.com

Game two of the World Series is tonight from Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  First pitch is at 7:05 pm and will be televised on FOX.