The Cardinals and Red Sox are squaring off against one another yet again this year in the Fall Classic. While much of the spotlight will fall on marquis players like David Ortiz, a battle over a limited seven game sample such as this often boils down to X-Factors.
A big, early lead in a baseball playoff game always means victory, as the Boston Red Sox demonstrated once again in Game One of the 2013 World Series.
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.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said an eighth-inning bullpen mix-up led to the wrong pitcher throwing to Texas hitter Mike Napoli, who blasted a two run double to give the Rangers the lead in game five of the World Series.