Rangers, Cardinals hard to tell apart

Rotation hiccups, workhorse bullpens, deep lineups define routes of Series combatants

Updated: October 19, 2011, 1:38 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ST. LOUIS -- The starting pitching hasn't gone deep in games this postseason. The bullpen has come in early and often, shutting down the opponent to preserve leads. The deep lineup has banged the ball around the park enough to win series. And a hot September has led to success in October.

Isn't that the Texas Rangers in a nutshell this postseason? Or is it the St. Louis Cardinals?

The truth: It's both.

For two teams that have met just once before -- a three-game set in Arlington, ...

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