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October 23, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

World Series Game One Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox

by Bret Sayre


I know it’s in season to congratulate the Red Sox and the Cardinals for making it to the Fall Classic—and they certainly deserve the accolades—but they are not the only groups worthy of weathering the journey. We, the general baseball following universe, deserve a congratulations. Sure, there were plenty of amazing games/moments, but here’s a quick list of things we (the baseball-consuming public) have had to endure this October thus far:

  • A Fredi Gonzalez-Don Mattingly chess match—though that term is used loosely. They may have been using a chessboard, but I’m pretty sure half the pieces were mostly eaten candy bars).
  • A four-hour regulation game in which one run was scored. In fact, this was not only the longest such game in major league baseball history, but it was a full 36 minutes longer than the previous record holder (a Milwaukee/Oakland matchup in May of 1997)
  • The 38th time that we were taught the name of Mike Napoli’s beard. It’s called “The Siesta,” and it’s likely because there are no fewer than three children napping in it at all times.

Despite the best attempts of some, we made it out on the other side stronger for all of this. And we are rewarded with a World Series matchup featuring the two best teams in baseball—a sight we don’t often see in the wild card age. So put on your red party hats and proudly display your empathy for Daniel Nava—it’s the Red Sox and the Cardinals!

Here is a look at the PECOTA odds and projected lineups for Game One of the World Series:

Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) at Red Sox (Jon Lester) 7:30 p.m. ET
PECOTA odds of winning: Cardinals 52.1%, Red Sox 47.9%

Projected Starting Lineups:

Cardinals vs Lester (L)

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