The 2013 World Series Set To Go
October 21, 2013 in Sports News
First the St. Louis Cardinals took out the LA Dodgers in game six to win the National League Championship. The very next evening the Red Sox finished off the Detroit Tigers at home also in game six and won the American League title.
St. Louis made its way into the Fall Classic by winning game six in a 9 to nothing blowout of the Dodgers even though LA started ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The probable Cy Young Award winner for the NL this year never seemed to be able to garner the proper command of his pitches and, by the end of the third inning, it was pretty much a done deal.
Boston, on the other hand, put on a display of offensive power that the Detroit Tigers simply could not match. When Shane Victorino banged out a grand slam home run in the seventh inning, it was all over but the shouting.
Now the field is set and two of the most storied teams in major league baseball are set to go at it in the World Series.
The action will get underway on Wednesday October 23rd at fabled Fenway Park in Boston at 8:07 EST. The first two games will take place at Fenway and then the teams will take a day off to travel and game three will commence in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Games 3, 4 & 5 will be played in St. Louis and if necessary… the Fall Classic will move back to Fenway Park for the final game(s).
MLB is more popular than ever with the post season TV rating going up a healthy 9% over 2012. The 2013 World Series may well set new records for numbers of viewers. With both participating teams sporting an identical record for the season of 97 wins and 65 losses, the matchup promises to be one of the best in recent years.
St Louis will have their two best starting pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha available to pitch in games 1, 2, 5 & 6. Boston has Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Ryan Dempster and closer Koji Uehara to answer.
The Red Sox will be counting on the big bats of David ‘Big Papi’ Oritz and Shane Victorino to provide the necessary offense to take the first two games at Fenway and go to St. Louis with a two game lead in the series.