Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) October 26, 2013
A giant sigh of relief came from the Cardinals camp at the close of Game 2 last Thursday night. The team’s young guns came to the rescue behind rookie sensation Michael Wacha, with 90-plus mph fastballs and relief pitching par excellence.
After a calamitous start for the Cards, the squad seems to have righted itself to even the World Series with the Boston Red Sox at 1-1. The Sox crushed the error-prone Cards 8-1 in Game 1.
Then, leading 2-1 in the seventh, Boston went a bit bonkers with a few fielding boo boos as well, just as the Cards had done a game before. Bottom line: the Cards emerged from a wild and wacky inning ahead 4-2, which became the final score.
Game 3 is scheduled for tonight on the grass at 43,975-seat Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, with Game 4 tomorrow night and Game 5 on Monday, October 28, 2013. Game 6 and 7, as necessary, will be played back at 37,499-seat Fenway Park, with the possible deciding Game 7 set for Halloween, October 31, 2013.
Boston and St. Louis both finished the regular season with 97-65 records, the best results in each league. It's the first time since 1999, in the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves match-up that the two teams with the best records have met in the series.
The Cardinals beat the Red Sox in the World Series in 1946 and '67. The Red Sox returned the favor with a sweep in 2004 that broke an 86-year "curse,” otherwise known as a World Series championship drought.
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According to baseball pundits, there are more similarities than differences between these two teams, and that will be the biggest draw in this World Series. The managers, Mike Matheny with St. Louis and Boston's John Farrell, are still very early in their careers.
Both teams are proud, traditional franchises with more than a century's worth of history. Both play exceptionally well at home.
The Red Sox (+197) and Cardinals (+187) had the two best run-differentials in the majors. Each club has a strong rotation and good bullpen. Each is athletic and very strong fundamentally. Each has pop – David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in Boston – and Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig for the Cardinals.
The Red Sox have more team speed (third in the AL in steals, St. Louis ranked 15th in the NL) and the more flamboyant beards of the bunch. The Red Sox are famous for grinding out at-bats and working feverishly to raise pitch counts and run the opposing starting pitcher to the showers by the fifth or sixth inning.
The Cardinals were especially proficient with runners in scoring position this summer. Their.330 batting average ranked as the highest of any major-league team since 1974. In those situations, they also batted .305 with runners in scoring position and two out, and .370 with the bases loaded (with four grand slams).
Coming from last season, however, there are big differences. In 2012, the Red Sox finished in last place and underwent a roster overhaul, unloading Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. The Cardinals, on the other hand, came just one game shy of making their second straight World Series.
The Boston Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903 and have appeared 12 times, winning seven for a .636 winning percentage. The St. Louis Cardinals have made 19 World Series appearances, winning 11 for a .661 winning percentage. Baseball pundits predict that St. Louis will edge Boston in Game Six for the title.
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