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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The 2013 World Series is here

The St. Louis Cardinals are entering their fourth World Series appearance in ten seasons. Under new manager, Mike Matheny, the Cardinals still play top-notch baseball that have made them successful for years. Not only is there a new manager since the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, half of the roster has been overhauled. On the other side,  the Boston Red Sox, who beat the Cardinals in 2004 to win the World Series are making their 3rd appearance in ten seasons. They also have overhauled the roster and coaches. These two organizations through change have remained in the upper-echelon. They have been examples of how major league baseball clubs should be ran.

St. Louis Cardinals will send pitcher Adam Wainwright who's coming of a mediocre start in L.A. John Lester, Red Sox' pitcher for game 1,  knows how to command the strike zone. Both have extended playoff and big game experience. Weather might play a factor as it's cold in Boston. Even for experienced pitchers, it is tougher to grip the ball in cold weather. Allen Craig, Cardinals first baseman, will get a chance to DH. This will benefit as he is slowly coming back from injury. He led the league in batting average with runners in scoring position. Speaking of DH, where will David Ortiz play when the series shifts to St. Louis? First base seems like the only possible spot. Cardinals outfielder practiced near the Green Monster in left field. Getting used to the big left field wall can come in handy later in the series.

Who wants to throw out a prediction? I say Cardinals in 6.