MLB Playoff Predictions: Who Will Win The 2013 World Series?
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The last thing I wanted to be in my 2013 ALCS Prediction was right. I am a New York Yankees fan, but I have to give it up to the Boston Red Sox.
Much like the 2001 New York Yankees made the World Series after 9/11, how could any begrudge the city of Boston having something to rally around like this?
This matchup will feature the winner laying claim to team of the time frame of 2004 – 2013. No one will contest the Yankees were the best team in the MLB from 1996 – 2003.
The Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007, while the Cardinals took home the trophy in 2006 and 2011.
St. Louis is in their 4th World Series in a decade, having lost the Red Sox in 2004, before reeling off the last few Titles when they reached the Fall Classic.
I am picking the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 World Series. However, like 9 years ago, I don’t think it will be so cut and dry.
In Game #2, I think the Red Sox will win with Clay Buchholz against Michael Wacha. The difference will be Games #3 and Game #4 – when Boston will throw John Lackey and Jake Peavy, potentially versus Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn.
While Lackey’s World Series experience was 11 years ago with Anaheim, the man has had a renaissance year, and you better believe that the big stage won’t frighten him.
I simply don’t trust Lance Lynn either.
Allen Craig has not had meaningful At-Bats for over 7 weeks, so I am not sure he will be the usual game changer.
There is a huge factor here though. What do the Boston Red Sox do when they play at Busch Stadium? Do they move David Ortiz to 1st – and put Napoli on the bench?
It is too bad that the big regular First Baseman hasn’t seen any time behind the plate this year, as that option would have been a lot more appealing.
Honestly. Napoli came up huge in the 2013 ALCS, so having him as a dangerous Pinch Hitter, late in the baseball games at Busch Stadium will be huge.
The Cardinals struggled on offense versus the Dodgers until Game #6 of the NLCS.
St. Louis always proves me wrong, so why break tradition of picking them to lose?
Boston Red Sox in 7. At least if I am wrong this time, it prevents Boston from winning the World Series!
Keys to the Series: STL: Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran and the BULLPEN.
Keys to the Series: BOS: John Lackey, Pinch Hitters and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Playoff Record 6 – 5, (Last Round 1 – 1).
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Posted on October 20, 2013, in Playoffs, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2002 World Series, 2013 ALCS, 2013 NLCS, 2013 World Series, adam wainwright, albert pujols, allen craig, anaheim angels, boston red sox, busch stadium, Cardinals Bullpen, carlos beltran, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, david ortiz, detroit tigers, fenway park, jacoby ellsbury, joe kelly, john lackey, jon lester, lance lynn, mike napoli, MLB world series predicions 2013, shane victorino, st louis cardinals. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on MLB Playoff Predictions: Who Will Win The 2013 World Series?.