Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals face off in World Series

October 23, 2013

Schedule (All times EDT):
Game 1, Wednesday, at Boston (8:07 p.m.)
Game 2, Thursday, at Boston (8:07 p.m.)
Game 3, Saturday, at St. Louis (8:07 p.m.)
Game 4, Sunday, at St. Louis (8:15 p.m.)
*Game 5, Monday, Oct. 28, at St. Louis (8:07 p.m.)
*Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Boston (8:07 p.m.)
*Game 7, Thursday, Oct. 31, at Boston (8:07 p.m.)
-*if necessary-
(All games on FOX)

The two best teams during baseball’s regular season, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, are set to play each other in the World Series, with Game 1 tonight.

Boston and St. Louis both finished with 97-65 records in the American League and National League, respectively. This marks only the third since 1995 that the teams with the best records in their leagues are playing for the title.

The path to the World Series has not been easy for either team.

The Red Sox prevailed in the best-of-five series against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS in four games, but the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers required some clutch-hitting heroics. Down one game and 5-1 in Game 2, Boston’s David Ortiz hit an eighth-inning grand slam to tie the game, which the Red Sox would win 6-5 to even up the series. Boston went on to win AL pennant, its third in the past 10 years, 4-2.

In the NLDS, St. Louis faced the surprise of the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Pirates – a team that had not reached the playoffs since 1992. The Pirates headed to Pittsburgh tied 1-1 and delivered a win in front of an euphoric crowd in Game 3. But the Cardinals pitching proved too strong as they took the series 4-2 behind the arms of rookie Michael Wacha and ace Adam Wainwright.

Wacha continued to play brilliantly, helping defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in the NLCS with shut outs in Game 2 and Game 6 en route to being honored MVP of the series.

The 32-year-old Wainwright will kick off the World Series for St. Louis, while Boston will use lefty Jon Lester. Wacha, 22, will start Game 2 and John Lackey, getting a World Series start for the first time in 11 years, will be on the mound for Boston.

Projected Lineups: (Via Associated Press)

Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter (.318, 11 HRs, 78 RBIs, .392 OBP; led MLB with 199 hits, 126 runs and 55 doubles), RF Carlos Beltran (.296, 24, 84), LF Matt Holliday (.300, 22, 94, .389 OBP), C Yadier Molina (.319, 12, 80), DH Allen Craig (.315, 13, 97, MLB-best .454 average with RISP), 3B David Freese (.262, 9, 60), 1B Matt Adams (.284, 17, 51 in 108 games), CF Jon Jay (.276, 7, 67, 10 SBs) or Shane Robinson (.250, 2, 16 in 144 ABs), SS Pete Kozma (.217, 1, 35) or Daniel Descalso (.238, 5, 43).

Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.298, 9, 53, 92 runs, MLB-best 52/56 SBs), RF Shane Victorino (.294, 15, 61, 21 SBs), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.301, 9, 84, 42 doubles, 17 SBs), DH David Ortiz (.309, 30, 103, .959 OPS), 1B Mike Napoli (.259, 23, 92), LF Jonny Gomes (.247, 13, 52) or Daniel Nava (.303, 12, 66), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.273, 14, 65), SS Stephen Drew (.253, 13, 67, 8 errors), 3B Xander Bogaerts (.250, 1, 5 in 44 ABs).

And if you’re looking for (any more) reasons to tune into this World Series, Post columnist Tom Boswell lays out why he believes this matchup has the makings of a classic.

Road to the World Series:

St. Louis Cardinals

Won NLDS 3-2

Game 1 St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 1
Game 2 Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1
Game 3 Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 3
Game 4 St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1
Game 5 St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 1

Won NLCS 4-2

Game 1 St. Louis 3, LA Dodgers 2
Game 2 St. Louis 1, LA Dodgers 0
Game 3 LA Dodgers 3, St. Louis 0
Game 4 St. Louis 4, LA Dodgers 2
Game 5 LA Dodgers 6, St. Louis 4
Game 6 St. Louis 9, LA Dodgers 0

Boston Red Sox

Won ALDS 3-1

Game 1 Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2
Game 2 Boston 7, Tampa Bay 4
Game 3 Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4
Game 4 Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1

Won ALCS 4-2

Game 1 Detroit 1, Boston 0
Game 2 Boston 6, Detroit 5
Game 3 Boston 1, Detroit 0
Game 4 Detroit 7, Boston 3
Game 5 Boston 4, Detroit 3
Game 6 Boston 5, Detroit 2

(H/T mlb.com)

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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