2013 MLB World Series: Ranking Top-5 Pitchers
2013 MLB World Series: Ranking The Top 5 Pitchers
The 2013 postseason has truly been the year of the pitcher. We have seen great pitching all around. Some from established veterans and some from young arms coming into their own in the month of October.
We truly witnessed great pitching in the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox series. From Max Scherzer, the favorite to win the AL Cy Young, to Justin Verlander continuing to assert his dominance in October. The Red Sox also proved their rotation stacks up with anyone's in the league with impressive performances from young aces Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, as well as the postseason veteran Jon Lackey. Let's not forget the dominant run Koji Uehara has had in the regular season and postseason out of the bullpen. A huge weapon in the Red Sox arsenal.
Pitching is what wins in October. It is also what's helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture four of the last 10 National League Pennants. The story of the postseason could just be the performance of the young wunderkind Michael Wacha. He has simply been untouchable so far in playoff baseball. No one has been able to figure out his combination of guts and guile and precise pitching.
For as young as he is, he doesn't show it. He has a fearlessness to him. He exudes confidence on the mound and it rubs off on all his teammates. Let's not forget the Cardinals other perennial ace: Adam Wainwright. He just quietly goes about his business and churns out solid outing after solid outing.
This World Series will be another battle of two great pitching staffs and bullpens. Let's take a look at the top-five pitchers in the World Series.
Adam Wainwright is the Cardinals' ace and the man they go to in big-game situations. Wainwright is a veteran of postseason baseball and thrives in the playoff environment. This moment won't be too big for him and I expect the Cardinals' ace to pitch like one in this World Series.
Clay Buchholz may just have the most electric stuff in the Red Sox rotation. He has a sneaky-good fastball and a wicked curve. He proved he can pitch in pressure situations with a clutch Game 7 pitching performance against the Tigers that helped return the Red Sox to the World Series. Look for him to continue his run in the Fall Classic.
The Red Sox counter Wainwright with Jon Lester. At only 29, he feels like a veteran of the game. He certainly pitches like one. He has a calm demeanor on the hill and just gets the job done. Nothing flashy, just solid across the board. You can count on Lester being his best come Wednesday.
Michael Wacha has been the story of the postseason. He is going through as dominant a stretch of pitching for a rookie in postseason baseball as I have ever seen. He has allowed a combined one earned run and eight hits in three postseason starts. Mind blowing numbers for the young ace. Look for him to continue to dominate hitters in the game's biggest stage.
What can you say about Koji? He has been a god send in the Red Sox bullpen. He has been lights out all season and it has carried over into the 2013 postseason. Batters just don't get on base for Uehara. The Japanese righty is the most reliable and dominant reliever in the postseason.