St. Louis Cardinals @ Boston Red Sox
World Series Game One Date: Wednesday 10/23/13 at 8:05pm on FOX
Game Line: Boston Red Sox -120 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 7 (-120)
2013 World Series Game One Preview: Many of the St. Louis Cardinals admired Fenway Park in awe during their Tuesday workout before the first game of the World Series, many of their players making their first career trip to one of baseball’s American landmarks. The two teams which tied for the best record in baseball square off in an October Classic between two teams with plenty of playoff history. The Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright to the mound to face John Lester in game one in a matchup of two of the best starting pitchers in the post season. The Cardinals will get a big offensive lift with the return of cleanup hitter Allen Craig who lead all of baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position during the regular season. These two teams couldn’t be closer in every major stastical category. They were both top five in run differential, bullpen pitching, runs, home runs and home field advantage. If St Louis is going to have success in this game they’re going to need continue to hit well with runners on base and keep scoring early and often. Boston is going to have to get to these starters earlier than they did against the Tigers in the ALCS, the Cardinals bullpen is much stronger and late inning heroics will be much harder to come by against the Cardinals. Boston has a few things going for them in game one: home field advantage, bull pen pitching, homerun power and infield defense. If they’re going to win this series they’re going to have to win game one at home, St. Louis’ starting pitching is much deeper and will be more effective later in the series, but we give the edge to the home team in a very important game one for Boston if they’re going to have success throughout this series.
Free 2013 World Series Game 1 Picks: Red Sox -120 and under 7
2013 World Series Game One Predictions: 4-1 Red Sox
What to expect in game 1 of the World Series: John Lester will have no problem with the St. Louis line up in a cold, rainy game one where offense will be at a premium. Clutch hitting from Napoli and Ortiz will generate a few runs and Ellsbury will find his way on base as a table setter for them. Neither bullpen will allow any runs in this game but the Boston bats will take a lot of pitches and make Wainwright work keeping him to six or fewer innings and a few earned runs that Lester won’t have a problem with. While St. Louis has a pitching advantage top to bottom, in this matchup of aces we give the advantage to Boston playing at home.