The World Series. The brightest stage in baseball. It all begins Wednesday night at Fenway Park. In this article, Ill go over some storylines for the Fall Classic.
The LCS MVPs this year were both pitchers. Michael Wacha for the Cardinals and Koji Uehara for the Red Sox. Wacha was in Texas A&M a few years ago, while Uehara was pretty much a nobody until bursting onto the scene for Boston this year. The last time a reliever won the ALCS MVP was back in 2003 when the legendary Mariano Rivera took home the honors. On the NL side, Wacha (22) is the youngest NL player to receive the award since the first NLCS MVP Award back in 1977. That year, Dusty Baker took home the honors for the Dodgers. The last time that both awards were given to a pitcher was 2008. Matt Garza of the Rays took home ALCS MVP, while Cole Hamels of the Phillies picked up the NLCS trophy. Wachas teammate David Freese (2011) was the most recent player to win League Championship Series and World Series MVP in the same year.
Ever since 2003, the league that wins the All-Star Game gets home-field advantage for the World Series. Here are some facts about how home field advantage effects the outcome of the Fall Classic.
This year, the AL topped the NL 3-0 at Citi Field in New York. Since 2003, the AL has won the Midsummer Classic 8 out of 11 times. However, the NL has won 6 out of the 10 World Series played since the All-Star Game decided home field. The American Leauge won every All-Star Game from 2003-2009. In those years, the AL topped the NL 4-3 in World Series victories. In those 7 years, there were three sweeps, two five-game series, and two series went to six games. The National League went on a mini winning streak from 2010-2012. Out of those three years, the NL won the World Series all three times. Bruce Bochy’s Giants clinched their series against Texas in five games while sweeping the Tigers. Game 5 in 2010 was in Texas, while last year’s World Series closed out in Detroit. The Cardinals defeated Texas in an epic 7-game series that was unforgettable. Without home-field advantage, the Cardinals probably would’ve been defeated on the road by the Rangers in game six. The Red Sox get to play the first two (and maybe last two) games of the Series in Fenway. The Green Monster in left field can really be troubling for opposing players.
The Sox are back in the World Series for the third time in the past ten years. The Cardinals won the Series in 2011. As of late, there’s been a pattern for NL pennant winners. 2010 Giants, 2011 Cardinals, 2012 Giants, 2013 Cardinals.
Here is a schedule for the World Series:
So, what do you guys think? Who will win the World Series. Boston or St.Louis? Let us know in the comments below.