By Nikki Goldberg
The World Series begins at Fenway Park tonight as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals play game one against the Boston Red Sox at 8 pm. The starting pitchers tonight are Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright. This is the first world series matchup between these two teams since the Sox swept the Cards in the 2004 World Series earning their first championship in 86 years. The Red Sox are looking to win their third World Series title in 10 seasons and the Cardinals are looking to win their second title in three seasons and third in eight years.
Neither team is really considered a favorite since both teams tied to lead the league in wins during the regular season and match up very well in all aspects of the game. This series is projected to be low scoring. Both teams boast deep pitching rotations and were batting under .250 through the first two rounds.
I have read and heard many predictions over the past few days leading up to the game tonight and its time I include my two cents. Since neither team really has an edge, I don’t believe this will be a quick series. If anything I think it’ll take all seven games for one team to be crowned. Therefore, I am going to pick the Sox in seven. The Cardinals starting rotation is good, but they don’t surpass the Tigers’ starters, which included Max Scherzer, the future CY Young winner, Justin Verlander, a previous CY Young winner, Anibal Sanchez, the league leader in ERA, and Doug Fister, a 14 game winner. Additionally the Sox have home field advantage in this series, but how important is home field advantage? Statistically it has been an important factor since 21 of the last 27 champions had home field advantage and the home team has won each of the past nine game 7’s. The Red Sox have the epitome of home field advantage playing at Fenway Park. The Green Monster is a disaster for opposing defenses that don’t know how to play it the right way and always poses a threat for any team. The Red Sox had the best home record in the AL and that doesn’t bode well for a St. Louis team that hasn’t been to Fenway since 2008.
Since game seven is on Halloween night, I think it is only fair to predict that the Sox will win it on their home turf and erase all memories of last season’s 93 loss debacle. John Farrell will ride down the streets of Boston in a duck boat and no one will ever utter the name Bobby Valentine ever again.
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