2013 MLB World Series Preview, Prediction: Cardinals vs. Red Sox
Alright folks, the 2013 World Series is here and this time the last two MLB teams standing are truly the best in the business. For the first time in 14 years the team with the best record in the National League will face the team with the best record in the American League. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox – let’s get this party started!
First off; the Red Sox are definitely “Boston Strong” as heavy-hitters like Mike Napoli, David Ortiz and Johnny Gomes have flexed their muscles throughout the postseason. However, Boston will have to make a decision with Ortiz as “Big Papi” is a designated hitter by trade and the National League doesn’t swing that way. Therefore, the Red Sox will be forced to slot Ortiz at first base when playing in St. Louis, which is definitely something to watch for.
Meanwhile, it’s the Cardinals’ starting pitching that has stolen the show in the National League playoffs. Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright are fully rested and that is not good news for the boys in Beantown. Listen to this; Wacha has allowed one earned run in his last 30 innings of work, let’s see if that changes now that all eyes are watching.
So, who will prevail: the big bats of Boston or the slick starters of St. Louis? I’m taking the Red Sox as timely hitting from gamers like Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia will be the difference in this series.