The 2013 World Series is scheduled to commence tonight here in Boston although there is rain in the forecast.
I have managed to sell the Red Sox short all year long. I picked them to finish fourth in the AL East (albeit with a winning record), bet against them in the ALDS vs. the Rays and in the ALCS vs. the Tigers.
So why stop now? I say the Cardinals win it in seven. The World Series MVP will be Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter.
Besides if I picked the Sox now then they probably would lose. Go Sox!!!
UPDATE 11:43 p.m.: Game 1 just ended a short time ago with the Sox winning 8-1 to take a 1-0 Series lead. The Cardinals did not look good from the get-go. A Pete Kozma error led to a three-run double by Mike Napoli in the first. Dustin Pedroia was initially ruled out at second, but the umpires reversed the call. A ball hit by David Ross dropped between Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina to start the second. Kozma commits another error which leads to Dustin Pedroia driving in a run.
Even when the Cards did something good it cost them. Carlos Beltran robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam home run saving three runs (a run came home on the sacrifice fly). But Beltran injured his ribs crashing into the bullpen fence and had to leave the game. It took Beltran 15 years to get to the World Series and he's out in three innings.
The Cardinals did load the bases in the fourth, but 2011 World Series hero David Freese hit into an inning ending double play.
Freese would commit the Cardinals third error when he threw a ball into the dirt on a groundball hit by Pedroia in the seventh. Usually, Daniel Descalso plays third in the late innings. The error again proved costly as Ortiz then hit a two-run home run to make it 7-0.
A solo homer by Matt Holliday in the ninth accounted for the Cardinals' only run.
But tomorrow is another day, another game. The Sox have to face NLCS MVP Michael Wacha while John Lackey pitches for the Sox. But if Lackey can outduel Justin Verlander then it is certainly possible he can get the better of Wacha.
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