9 years ago the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the Fall classic, the result was an eighty-six year curse was broken, and the Sox were crowned World Champions. Fast forward 9 years and the Red Sox and Cardinals are facing off once again in the World Series.
So it begins, Wednesday night at the Cathedral in Boston, Fenway Park, the Red Sox will be sending pitcher Jon Lester to the mound in game 1. Lester and the Red Sox Offense will be going up against Cardinals right-hander, Adam Wainwright. Game 2 is the following night at Fenway, where fresh off a great start against tigers ace Justin Verlander, John Lackey will be going to the hill for the Red Sox, facing off against the Lack-Attack is rookie sensation Michael Wacha, Wacha is a first year pitcher out of Texas A&M. Wacha was 4-1 in 15 starts this season with a 2.78 ERA. The Cardinals have been riding the bats of sluggers Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran and catcher Yadier Molina this season and along with this post season. Beltran and Holliday both lead the Cardinals this post season with 2 homeruns each along with posting averages over .245 and OPS of .700 and higher.
The Cardinals ended this season 97-65, winners of the Central Division in the National league the Cardinals had no easy road to the World Series. In the ALDS the Cardinals faced division rival Pittsburgh Pirates. The series was taking to a game 5 where the Cardinals completely out played Pittsburgh beating them 6-1. Next up was Yasiel Puig and the LA Dodgers. The Cardinals didn’t need 7 games to finish off the Dodgers beating them in 6, by a score of 9-0. This St. Louis Cardinals team is a team that definitely deserves to be in the World Series and should be a very tough match up for the Red Sox.
Saying this season has been anything less then magical for the Red Sox would be a crime. The Red Sox finished last season 69-93 and in last place in the American League East, after some minor (major) changes, the Sox had a new manger in John Farrell and a few new free agents. This new look team started to click early in Spring Training growing out their beards which took them all the way to a 97-65 record and American League East champions. Riding pitchers Jon Lester, Lackey Buchholtz, and Jake Peavy, Boston has one of the best pitching staffs in all of MLB and clearly the more dominant staff in this years fall classic. Walk Offs, crazy beards and Ortiz Dropping F Bombs in front of millions of people have made this year one to remember for the Red Sox.
Topping off this magical season with a World Series win would be the perfect fairy-tale ending to this season, but a tough St. Louis Cardinals team stands in their way.
So from all of us here at Dirty Water…GO SOX!!
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