World Series Game 1

cardinals vs red sox wsIts here the World Series is finally upon us. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. This is the 1st time since 1999 that the 2 teams with the best record in each conference will meet in the World Series. The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 5 games, then the L.A. Dodgers in 6 games to to advance to the WS. The Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games, and then the Detroit Tigers in 6 games to get to the WS.

The Cardinals will start pitcher Adam Wainwright. He has pitched in 3 postseason games so far and he has allowed 4 runs(1.57 ERA) on 17 hits while striking out 20 in 23 innings pitched. As a pitching staff the Cardinals have one of the best. As a pitching staff during the playoffs they have a ERA of 2.34. They have allowed 73 hits and have struck out 90 batters to only 25 walks. The Cardinals offense is lead by outfielder Carlos Beltran. He is batting .256 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs. As a team the Cardinals are batting .210 with 8 home runs and 38 RBIs.

The Red Sox will start pitcher Jon Lester. Lester has pitched in 3 games this postseason and he has an ERA of 2.33 (5 runs) off of 16 hits with 14 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched. Boston also has a very good pitching staff. Boston’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.05 during the postseason. They have allowed 79 hits and have struck out 75 batters. The Red Sox are lead on offense by Jacoby Ellsbury. He is batting .400 with 16 hits, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 RBIs. As a team in the postseason the Red Sex are batting .236 with 6 home runs and 40 RBIs.

 

Keys To Game

For Boston:
1. Can they stop Carlos Beltran? Beltran has been hitting very well in October so can they stop or slow him down?
2. Can Stephen Drew finally break out? Drew has 3 hits in 35 at-bats with 12 strikeouts. Can he end his slump?
3. Build a lead early. In Wainwright’s only loss this postseason he gave up 2 runs in the 4th inning. Can Boston hitters get to the Cardinal ace?

For St. Louis
1. Can David Freese break out of his slump and be the world series hero again for the Cardinals? Freese is batting .189 with 1 home run and 9 strikeouts.
2. Can Wainwright out duel Lester?
3. Can they stop Jacoby Ellsbury? Ellsbury is hitting .400 yes .400 in the postseason. Can the Cardinals pitchers slow him down?

 

My Prediction

The first game of the World Series is a pitching duel as Lester goes 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Wainwright gives up 3 runs in 6 2/3 innings off of 7 hits. When the bullpen comes inn for Wainwright  allow nothing until the bottom of the 8th they give up an RBI single to Dustin Pedroia to increase Boston’s lead 4-2. Boston’s bullpen doesn’t allow a run in the 2 innings that they pitch in relief securing the game 1  victory for Boston

Final Score

Boston: 4
St. Louis: 2

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One Response to “World Series Game 1”

  1. red sox all the way!

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