Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Cold nights await Rangers in St. Louis
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After playing through more 100-degree days than they care to count, the Texas Rangers are about to get a blast of winter in St. Louis for the opening two games of the World Series starting Wednesday night.
The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday calls for temperatures in the mid-50s during the day, the dipping into the low 40s around game time and then into the 30s with wind.
"I'll need a whole new wardrobe. I don't have clothes like that," reliever Scott Feldman said. "It is going to be a little colder in St. Louis so you have to make sure you're moving around stretching and stuff like that."
Rangers manager Ron Washington had one word.
"Refreshing," he said.
The lowest game-time temperature of the season was 43 degrees in Chicago on May 16, or what seems an eternity ago.
Colby Lewis certainly didn't mind the chill. He pitched his lone complete-game shutout that night in a 4-0 win.
"I don't worry about it," Lewis said of colder temperatures. "If you keep the ball down in the zone you're not really worried about something like that."