Ranking The Top 5 Hitters In The 2013 World Series
Top 5 Hitters in 2013 World Series
Throughout the history of playoff baseball there have been a handful of plays that have cemented themselves into baseball lore, forever embedded into the minds of fans. Nearly each of these plays has involved a big hit, whether it be Kirk Gibson's epic home run in the 1988 World Series, Bill Mazeroski's World Series winning home run in 1960 or Luis Gonzalez's bloop single that won the 2001 World Series.
Amazingly enough none of these players came out of the blue to have this huge impact both on their respective teams and baseball history, rather they were great hitters who showed up when it mattered most. While some may think this shows a simple anomaly, what it truly shows is that the best hitters in baseball find their way into having a role during the most important time of the season.
During the 2013 MLB playoffs this important role of great hitters has continued, as players such as Victor Martinez, Yasiel Puig, Andrew McCutchen and Yadier Molina have all performed great. Of course these guys have not been alone in performing effectively in the batter's box, but it has seemed like every time one of these players' teams need a big hit they are there to provide it.
When the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to begin the 2013 World Series there is no doubting that the outcome of the series will continue to ride on each team's best hitters showing up to play. With this in mind we have compiled a list of the top five hitters who will be competing in the 2013 World Series.
5. Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball for each of his first nine seasons, and the 2013 season proved to be much of the same. Holliday compiled a statistical line of .300/.389/.490 with 31 doubles, 22 home runs, 94 RBI, and 103 runs scored during the regular season. During this time he completely mashed baseballs to all fields, and although he has only put up a statistical line of .244/.261/.444 during the postseason there is no doubting fans are fearful whenever Holliday comes to bat.
4. Matt Carpenter
The 2013 MLB regular season served as a coming out party for Matt Carpenter, as he compiled a statistical line of .318/.392/.481 with seven triples, 11 home runs, 55 doubles, 199 hits, 78 RBI and 126 runs scored. While many people will discredit this season because it was not full of home runs, the facts are that Carpenter is one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball. Carpenter's 6.7 offensive WAR -- which ranked sixth in all of baseball -- indicates this greatness and put all pitchers on notice when he comes to bat. The 2013 postseason has not been especially kind to the St. Louis Cardinals second baseman, but there is little doubting that he still has the ability to make a huge impact on the 2013 World Series.
3. Dustin Pedroia
Over his seven year career with the Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has developed into one of the best hitters in all of MLB. This effectiveness translated into a statistical line of .301/.372/.415 with 193 hits, nine home runs, 42 doubles, 84 RBI, and 91 runs scored. Pedroia has continued to hit effectively during the postseason, as his statistical line of .256/.311/.308 has not been poor nor great. The pesky second baseman has always shown a propensity to show up when it counts most, and don't be surprised to see him spraying balls all over the field in the 2013 World Series.
2. Yadier Molina
While many people only think of defensive prowess when the name Yadier Molina the facts are he is an offensive force for the St. Louis Cardinals. During the 2013 season Molina put up a statistical line of .319/.359/.477 with 161 hits, 44 doubles, 12 home runs, 80 RBI and 68 runs scored, all while hitting cleanup. Molina has continued to be a bright spot during the playoffs -- he has compiled a statistical line of .256/.356/.359 -- and will be the most feared Cardinals batter during the 2013 World Series.
1. David Ortiz
Even at 37 years of age David Ortiz is a force to be reckoned with as the designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox. During the 2013 regular season Ortiz put up a statistical line of .309/.395/.564 with 38 doubles, 30 home runs and 103 RBI, and has continued to hit effectively in the postseason, compiling three home runs and seven RBI in 10 games. Every time Ortiz comes to the plate he is liable to hit it out of the park and appears to love do so at ease when the stakes are highest.