After analyzing the championship games or series of the N.F.L., N.B.A., Major League Baseball and N.H.L., and the major finals in golf and tennis, we identified 50 championships characteristics in our book, "Who Will Win the Big Game? A Psychological and Mathematical Method." Last year these factors correctly predicted that the San Francisco Giants would beat the Texas Rangers. So how do the Cardinals and Rangers fare in analyzing their championship characteristics?Baseball - Bats Blog - NYTimes.com. This article is amazing. No, seriously. Amazing. The New York Times gets the scoop again.