The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox are set to square off in the World Series. As the Fall Classic bears down, which team has the edge?
Boston led the American League in wins. St. Louis led the National League in wins. It’s a matchup between two number one seeds.
For the postseason, the Red Sox have a team ERA of 3.05, whereas the Cardinals are at a scant 2.34. Offensively, Boston has a higher batting average, .236, compared to St. Louis’ .210. The teams have scored nearly the same amount of runs, with Boston holding a slight edge at 45-42.
As baseball fans, we’d be hard pressed to find a better matchup. This will not be a repeat of the 2004 World Series, when Boston swept St. Louis en route to their first title in 86 years.
Will home-field advantage (won by the American League) make a difference? Will Boston get tripped up by not having a designated hitter on the road? This series will undoubtedly hinge on factors between the numbers.
So who wins? Do the scruffy, bearded descendants of the 2004 Idiots cowboy up and bring a title back to Beantown?
Or, do the Midwestern darling Cardinals, and their humblebrag fans, keep the title in the Old League?
It’s time to settle it, America.