In this first installment of a three-part sequence previewing the 2013 World Series, a look at the Boston Red Sox and their extraordinary season.
The Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series with a Game Six win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, marking the second time in the matchup that the Detroit bullpen couldn’t hold a late-inning lead at Fenway Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals truly have established themselves as the model National League franchise, with their fourth league pennant since 2004, and they’ll shoot for their third World Series title in that time frame next week.
Both the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals hold 3-2 edges in their respective League Championship Series, and both have Game Six — and Game Seven, if necessary — at home. If the Red Sox and the Cardinals advance, it would be a rematch of the 2004 World Series, which Boston won in four straight.
Miguel Cabrera hobbled through a stop sign, gently colliding with the catcher for an easy out at home.
By the second inning of Game 5, the Sox turned the tables on the Tigers, on their way to a 4-3 win to take a 3-2 series lead in the ALCS.
Wacha outpitched NL Cy Young front-runner Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 and the Cardinals won 1-0 on an unearned run to take a 2-0 series lead. They’re matched again in Game 6 Friday night.
When facing the Detroit Tigers, hitters get the joy of facing an All-Star Game starter and likely Cy Young winner; a former MVP and Cy Young winner; and an ERA champion.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost 3 straight in 2012 to get eliminated. Can they avoid the same fate in 2013 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Red Sox need a change in the lineup, and Xander Bogaerts looks to be ready for his chance.
Here is a recap of the first week of the MLB Playoffs.