10 Best Players of the 2013 MLB World Series
Top 10 Players in the 2013 MLB World Series
The 2013 World Series is just about underway and there is no more excitement in baseball than October baseball. In case you've been living under a rock, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are the two teams that have made it to the October Classic this season. It's fitting that the teams with the best record in each league have made it to the big game and they both had the same record during the regular season with a 97-65 mark.
Each team is loaded with talent -- hence why they are both in the final series of the season. One year ago, however, the Red Sox were one of the worst teams in the American League and now with a new manager and a new culture, they are seemingly the favorites to be World Series champs.
The Cardinals have been mainstays in the biggest event in baseball and one year ago, they lost a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS to the eventual World Series champions -- the San Francisco Giants. It's hard to say that the Cardinals weren't the best team in that series, but the Giants ended up stealing it away and taking World Series victory hopes away from the Detroit Tigers. It's been interesting to see how this team has progressed without Albert Pujols to lead the team.
This series should be the best in recent memory as both teams are evenly matched as the Cardinals and Red Sox both have great offenses and solid pitching staffs. It will be interesting to see if the veterans of each team can carry the young players into World Series-type talent.
Let's take a look at the 10 best overall players in the 2013 MLB World Series.
10. Clay Buchholz
Buchholz would be higher on the list if he wasn't struggling a bit in the playoffs. Having an ERA below two during the regular season is enough to put him on the list. He has a 5.40 ERA and 0-0 record in three starts.
9. Yadier Molina
Molina might be the best offensive catcher in the National League and he's also a great leader. The veteran catcher is hitting just .256 with a homer and two RBI in the postseason thus far, but he was the team leader with a .319 average in the regular season.
8. Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday might be hitting just .244 with two homers and five RBI through 11 postseason games, but he is a veteran on the Cardinals and has the potential to be this team's best hitter.
7. Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is one of those tough, gritty players that plays the game hard every time he takes the field. A former MVP, the second baseman has pop in his bat and an ability to get on base. He has six big RBI in 10 postseason games.
6. Koji Uehara
Although he's 38 years old, Uehara is a force out of the bullpen. This guy has to be one of the best players out of the bullpen in the playoffs in recent memory. With a 1.09 ERA during the regular season and a 1.00 ERA so far in the postseason, this guy knows how to close games out -- too bad he isn't younger because he would become one of the best closers of all time.
5. Carlos Beltran
Beltran passed Babe Ruth on the list of postseason home run leaders and has been one of many veteran presences on the star-studded Cardinals team. Beltran has just a .256 average, but his two homers and 12 RBI have been huge so far this postseason.
4. Jon Lester
Lester has accounted for two of Boston's seven postseason wins thus far. He has been solid for the Red Sox all season long and his 2.33 ERA so far in the playoffs in the best mark of any starter on Boston through 11 games.
3. Adam Wainwright
With a 1.57 ERA and two postseason wins, Wainwright has the second-best ERA of any starter on the Cardinals in these playoffs. He has been a near sure-win so far and he has the potential to be the best pitcher in the league.
2. Michael Wacha
Wacha has to be the best up-and-coming player during the playoffs and he has risen to the occasion. With three wins out of his team's first seven and a 0.43 ERA and 22 strikeouts in three games, Wacha has been the MVP of the Cardinals.
1. David Ortiz
It's pretty safe to say that Ortiz has been the MVP of the playoffs despite his poor batting average in the ALCS. However, if it wasn't for Ortiz, the Red Sox likely wouldn't be in the World Series because the big designated hitter hit a grand slam in game two of the ALCS that tied the game and eventually Boston won. If it wasn't for that eighth inning bomb, the Red Sox would have been down 2-0 heading back to Detroit with no momentum. Big Papi is hitting just .200 but his three homers and seven RBI have all been huge.