St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Reasons Why They Will Lose In 2013 World Series
5 Reasons why the Cardinals Won't Win World Series
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will square off in a battle to be crowned World Series Champion starting on Wednesday night. These two teams tied for the best record in all of baseball during the regular season, so it was only fitting that they would both get to this place in the postseason.
The Red Sox were able to take care of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round and are coming off of a victory against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Game 6 featured a come-from-behind victory in which Shane Victorino hit a grand slam off of Jose Veras in the seventh inning. That hit, along with a lights-out bullpen, has gotten the Red Sox to where they are right now: just four wins away from their third title in 10 years.
The Cardinals have also been here before and come in hot. They came from behind to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in their opening series and finished off the Dodgers in six by rocking the likely NL Cy Young award winner in Clayton Kershaw. They are looking for their third title in eight years.
Game 1 features a great matchup of Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright. Games 1 and 2 both being at Fenway Park could prove to be beneficial for both teams. For the first two games, the Red Sox don't have to worry about David Ortiz playing first base and the Cardinals can add Allen Craig into their lineup as he has recovered from injury.
This series will be extremely tight and these two teams and pretty much dead even across the board. Both can score runs and both have lively arms. But here are five reasons why it will not be the St. Louis Cardinals that win the World Series in 2013.
5. Red Sox Bullpen Depth
Even before Koji in the ninth. the Red Sox offer one of the best lefty/righty combinations in baseball with Craig Breslow from the left and Junichi Tazawa from the right. The Red Sox have the arms to match up against Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran with Breslow and can use Tazawa against tough righties Matt Holliday, Craig and Yadier Molina. This Red Sox team is tough to score on, even if you're the Cardinals.
4. Koji Uehara's Dominance
It's pretty incredible how good Koji Uehara actually is. His only blemish this postseason was a Jose Lobaton walk-off home run in a tie game against the Rays. Against the Tigers, he had five appearances with six IP, no runs, one win and three saves. He truly is the definition of lights-out and the Cardinals shouldn't expect to touch him if he is given a lead in the ninth inning.
3. Young Bullpen
The Cardinals' young bullpen arms have been good so far, but the World Series is a whole new ball game. Are Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist ready for this moment? We will see when one of these guys puts the leadoff guy on with a walk late in a ball game at Fenway Park.
2. Home Field Disadvantage
The Red Sox were great at Fenway Park during the regular season and are 4-1 so far there during the playoffs. Fenway is also a tough place to field and the players on the Cardinals clearly do not have a ton of experience playing balls off the Green Monster. Advantage: Red Sox.
1. Struggles of Joe Kelly
Since the Cardinals were able to restructure their rotation, Joe Kelly will not have to start until Game 3 of the series. He struggled in two starts against the Dodgers: 11 innings, 13 hits and six earned runs. They need more out of him, especially if the Cardinals head back to St. Louis down 0-2.
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