By Tyler Phillips
Today marks the date of the first game of the 2013 World Series. In a repeat of the 2004 series, the St. Louis Cardinals will be taking on the Boston Red Sox in a best-of-seven showdown for the title. Both teams having secured the best record in their respective leagues, fans should anticipate a display of well-fought baseball throughout this year’s fall classic. Competition will begin in Boston, with the first pitch of the championship scheduled for 8:07 p.m.
In addition to chalking up 97 wins and 65 losses in regular season play, the Red Sox enter the series after proving their caliber in a slew of challenging play-off matchups. After an initial bye, Boston fended off the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers to earn their spot in baseball’s most coveted game.
The Red Sox are anticipated to start pitcher John Lester in game one. With a regular season record of 15-8 and a 3.75 earned run average, the starter should pose a significant threat to the visiting Cardinals, having already been victorious in his only previous World Series effort.
Matching the Red Sox’s season to the letter, the St. Louis Cardinals entered the post season with an eerily identical record of 97-65. After a bye of their own, the Cardinals achieved placement in the World Series via successive victories over the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cardinals have reported that they will start veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright against Lester in Game one of the series. No stranger to post-season play himself, Wainwright enters the series boasting an impressive record of 4-1 in four separate seasons of playoff competition. In fact, Wainwright’s playoff success dates back to his rookie season in 2006, in which the pitcher closed the final game of the World Series with an impressive curveball strikeout.
This year’s series stands out for its potential to bring explosive gameplay between two very evenly pitted opponents. With lengthy histories standing behind both teams, victory for either side would prove itself to be a testament to long-standing tradition and loyalty in two highly noteworthy organizations.