Two Teams Sporting Red, One Goal: Winning the World Series
By: Erika Fernandez (@curlsandsports)
At the beginning of the season, no one would’ve imagined these two teams playing against each other in the World Series, especially all the trades that involved these teams. None were favorites to win or even make it this far, considering their records even from before the All Star break. The other teams that played in the playoffs alone were surprises as well.
But here we are, with about a week and change left in the 2013 baseball season, this year’s World Series will be played by the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pitching matchups are in for the next four games and in a couple of hours, Game 1 starts at 8 pm.
This is the first time since the 1999 World Series that two teams with the best records in baseball face each other in the fall classic. Let’s talk about these teams in essence. What’s to come in this series? Both teams are tough and right now it’s tough to pick a favorite, unless you’re a fan because your mind is already fixed on the winning team.
Yadier Molina is a killer behind the plate. Dustin Pedroia’s fielding hasn’t been the greatest this post season because he missed quite a few routine ground balls. David Ortiz is still David Ortiz. Carlos Beltran was recently named Mr. Clutch. This title is a little prematurely named especially since this is the outfielder’s first time in a World Series.
This World Series will be about pitching duels more than about the batting lineups. No one can deny that both teams ERAs are extremely low. Low scoring games dominate the Red Sox and Cardinals because they both weren’t able to produce too much at the plate this post season.
Experience isn’t lacking from these teams because they both have more than World Series experience. Here’s a fun fact for you guys: neither of the skippers, John Farrell of the Red Sox and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, have never managed in a World Series. Besides, John Farrell’s ring that he has from the 2007 Red Sox World Series doesn’t count because he was a coach.
“Boston Strong” seems to be the wings the Red Sox have been on all year after the bombings at the marathon. The Cardinals, well, they’ve been playing good baseball and that’s what they’re priding themselves in. There will be no pity on the Red Sox because after all, this is still baseball. For a moment, let’s recall the 2001 World Series and sorry Yankee fans, but that lost to the Diamondbacks is a horrible memory to have and there was zero pity there. No city ever deserves a championship.
This World Series will definitely stretch into 7 games. Winner? When it comes down to it, as much as I hate to say this, Boston looks like the winner of it all. Get ready for the arrogant Boston fans to talk about this year for a few seasons.