The Major League baseball season is nearing its long end. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals have prevailed in the respective leagues and now square off for the Commissioner's Trophy. But the question still remains, who exactly will win the World Series?
The St. Louis Cardinals look to be the team of destiny. Coming back from 10.5 games down to snatch the Wild Card from the Braves and defeating the powerful Philadelphia Phillies. They remind me of the '04 Red Sox with everyone writing them off and only themselves believing in them. The Cardinals have had great pitching and hitting during this postseason. In terms of hitting, who do you think leads the Cardinals in batting? Albert Pujols? Matt Holliday? No, its unheralded third baseman David Freese. Freese went an absolutely amazing .545, three homers, and nine RBI in a six game series. Chris Carpenter has anchored the Cardinals pitching staff and at times looks unbeatable. The red flags for St. Louis are the pitching duo of Jaime Garcia and Edwin Jackson. Six starts between them, ONE win (Jackson in Game 4 of NLDS) and a combined ERA of 5.79. The bullpen has been the saving grace of this Cardinals team with Jason Motte leading the Majors with four saves in the postseason.
The Texas Rangers look to finally win their first World Series after losing last season in their first appearance. The Texas Rangers have been shaky in terms of pitching this postseason with only Colby Lewis having an ERA under four (3.86). However, the Rangers bullpen has been lights out with Alexi Ogando winning twice out of the bullpen and only giving up one earned run in 10.1 innings pitched. Texas can hit the ball really well with three players in the top ten of the American League in average (Napoli, Beltre, and Hamilton). Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre are the stalwarts of the Rangers offense with Cruz hitting six home runs, all coming in the ALCS (a record), and Beltre hitting three home runs (all in the ALDS).
This World Series looks like it is going to be an offensive series. The pitching, outside of Carpenter, I don't really trust on either side. Both offenses are clicking at the right time and getting off to a quick start is key in this series. If you fall behind any one of these offenses it will be real hard to come back.
My prediction is that the team of destiny, the St. Louis Cardinals, will win the World Series in six due in part to St. Louis having a better offense and the best pitcher left in the World Series, Chris Carpenter.