This year, the Fall Classic features two improbable teams, as the Red Sox and Cardinals are ready to battle it out, and of course, we’ve got your 2013 MLB World Series predictions.
Because the American League beat the National League in this year’s All-Star Game, Boston will enjoy home-field advantage over St. Louis in a 2-3-2 format.
This means that games 1 and 2 will be played at Fenway Park, followed by games 3, 4 and 5 at Busch Stadium, and if necessary, the last two would shift back to Beantown.
So, who do sportsbooks have as the favorite to become the kings of the baseball world?
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According to the experts, the Boston Red Sox (-130) come in as the favorites to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals (+110) and capture the franchise’s eighth World Series title.
The BoSox defeated one of the favorites to win it all at the beginning of the season to get here, making them a very dangerous opponent. Boston stunned the Detroit Tigers in six games, sending legendary manager Jim Leyland into retirement following the ALCS.
The Cards also took down the hottest team in the majors to earn its spot in the MLBWS. Listed as huge underdogs, Mike Matheny’s team shocked the world by eliminating the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
With two Cinderella teams ready to square off, the question now becomes: Can the Cardinals keep momentum going against a Red Sox team that’s determined to return to glory?
I think it’s safe to assume that most people will be betting on the Red Sox based on home-field advantage and all the big-name players they possess.
And let’s face it, the Red Sox are an easy choice with guys like Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and John Lackey in the pitching staff, coupled with Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino and David Ortiz on offense.
However, if this year’s postseason has taught us anything, is that the Redbirds are not to be taken lightly.
Despite not having all the star-power the Sox have, St. Louis has the pitching and hitting to pull off the upset.
With guys like Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller sure to take the mound, in addition to Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and David Freese swinging the lumber, look out for the Cards, people.
There’s no question that the way these teams are evenly matched makes for a great 2013 MLB World Series free MLB picks.
For my money, call me crazy, but I believe that the Cardinals showed that they have the weapons, the determination and managing to take down Boston this year. I believe this will be an extremely hard-fought series, but in the end, I like the dogs in this one.
- 2013 MLB World Series Predictions: St. Louis Cardinals (+110)
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