Joe Bittner, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 23, 2013
After seven long months, the grand finale is here: the World Series. Through injuries and slumps, two historic teams have found a way to persevere and win their respective leagues — the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League and the Boston Red Sox in the American League. Each team succeeded by excelling in one particular area, but it is not the same for both teams.
The St. Louis Cardinals dominated this season with their pitching. A rotation made up of Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Jake Westbrook and newly beloved Michael Wacha has lead the National League in almost every pitching category.
Coming into the postseason, Wainwright has an ERA of 2.94 through 241.2 innings pitched- outstanding numbers to say the least. Miller and Lynn were not far behind either, with a 3.06 and 3.97 ERA respectively.
Wainwright continued his domination into the postseason so far with a 2-1 record and a 1.57 ERA. He has stuck out 20 batters in his 23 innings pitched with opposing batters only hitting .207 against him. While these numbers are fantastic, they are not the best of the staff so far.
Michael Wacha has put up historic numbers so far this postseason. Through 21 innings pitched over three games, he has only allowed eight hits and one run with a remarkable 0.43 ERA. With 22 strikeouts and opponents hitting only .114 against him, the Cardinals hope he will continue his dominance against the big bats of Boston.
Yes, the big bats of Boston. The Red Sox ranked second in the MLB with a team batting average of .277 and ranked first in runs scored, total bases, and runs batted in (RBI). Led by David Ortiz, Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia all ranked in the top ten in the American League (AL) in batting average: .309, .303 and .301 respectively. David Ortiz led the team in RBI and ranked seventh in the American league with 103 and tied for eighth in home runs with 30.
While Ortiz did not necessarily continue his high batting average into the postseason, he continues to hit home runs with a league high three and is second in RBI. The Red Sox did not seem to continue their hitting domination throughout the entire postseason up until this point, but the numbers don’t lie: 45 runs scored, 119 total bases, six home runs and 20 doubles all lead the AL.
Shane Victorino leads the AL in RBI with eight after his go-ahead and game winning grand slam in game six of the American League Championship Series against Detroit. In fact, five of the top ten AL leaders in RBI this postseason are on the Red Sox.
Two teams, two styles, one championship. A rematch of the 2004 World Series starts Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8:07 at Fenway Park in Boston. It would behoove you to not miss a single game of this series.