2013 World Series

Well, we now ready for the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. The series will begin on Wednesday in Boston, thanks to the A.L. winning the All Star Game back in July.  This is the 109th edition of the World Series.

The Red Sox won the American League (A.L.) Pennant last night by beating the Detroit Tigers four games to two.  The Cardinals won the National League (N.L.) Pennant on Friday by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to two.)

The two teams have met in the World Series three times before, with the Cardinals winning in 1946 and 1967 in seven games both times.  The Red Sox ended the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ in 2004 by beating the Cardinals for the World Series in four straight games.

The Red Sox won the A.L. East Division Title with a record of 97-65, while the Cardinals won the N.L. Central Divisional Title with the identical record of 97-65.  This is the first time since the 1958 (and only the third time in history) where the two teams in the World Series had the identical record.

Both teams won the World Series the last time they appeared in the series – the Red Sox in 2007, and the Cardinals in 2011.  The N.L. has won the last three straight World Series (the San Francisco Giants won in 2010 and 2012, with the Cardinals win two years ago) and have won six of the last 10 World Series.  The A.L. have won 62 World Series to the N.L.’s 46 wins.

With their extra rest, I am expect the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series in seven games.  However, after finishing in last place in the A.L. East with only 69 wins last year, the Boston Red Sox have played great baseball this year, finishing with the best record in the A.L.  So they do have a good chance to win and should not be underestimated in the least.  Over the course of the postseason, I am 4-2 in my predictions.  So let’s see who wins the World Series this year.

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