For the first time since 1999, the two teams with the best records in their respective leagues are meeting in the World Series.
But there are two factors that I just cannot seem to shake, as I feel the impacts is what could make this 2013 World Series a soon-to-be classic in baseball history.
Here are both, and in no particular order:
The Cardinals righty duo has decimated batters so far in the playoffs. But Red Sox hitters are patient, particularly in a LHB vs. RHP situation, as Boston’s lefty bats tend to draw more walks and strike out less.
W-squared can give Red Sox hitters big problems if they stay up in the count from the get-go. Boston is more likely to ground into double play or strikeout in 0-1 and 0-2 circumstances.
Also, the several days off between the ALCS and WS can sometimes bother pitchers. Routine can be a legit reason when you play in a 162-game season . Hey…just a little something to keep an eye on as recall when the Yankees swept the Twins in the 2010 ALDS and waited eight or nine days before starting the ALCS vs. the Rangers? And Ace CC Sabathia’s routine got out of whack because he rested too long and his Game One start was ineffective.
2) Red Sox skipper starting swap.
The reason is the possibility of Wainwright and Wacha shutting down Boston’s bats and the Red Sox heading to St. Louis down 0-2. I presume that skipper John Farrell, who was a pitching coach for years before taking the top job, felt that hanging the Red Sox’s World Series hopes on Lackey and Peavy if this becomes reality is to risky.
But late yesterday, The Boston Herald reported that Lackey would start Game Two and Buchholz would take the bump in Game Three or Four. I believe this could end up a series-changing move by Farrell, regardless if it is to benefit Lackey getting to much rest or Buchholz not getting enough. This was smart, period.