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Jim Leyland, manager of the Detroit Tigers, resigned on Monday. The longtime coach managed several teams over his 27 seasons as a manager, winning one World Series title. Leyland went 1,769-1728 with four different major league teams. His 2013 Detroit squad came up 2 games short after being ousted by the Boston Red Sox in 6 games in the ALCS.
Tomorrow is the day. Game 1 of the 2013 World Series kicks off tonight with the first pitch being thrown at 8:07 ET. The pitching matchup will feature two of the games’ best: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright and Red Sox ace Jon Lester will face off in Fenway to get things rolling. The most critical game in the entire series has historically been game 1 with 20 of the last 24 game 1 winners taking the series.
It should be a great pitching match-up between Lester and Wainwright. They are both good, veteran guys who know how to get the job done in crunch time. Wainwright, who holds a 2.10 ERA in his playoff career, will pitch extremely well in his first World Series start. Neither team has faced the opposing pitcher, so it will be interesting how well they hit them. The Cardinals offense have more postseason experience, so they should be ready for the task of hitting a stellar pitcher in Lester. The Cardinals will win game one in a low scoring affair.
The Red Sox are looking for their third championship in ten years while the Cardinals are looking for their third title in eight years. In the two teams’ storied histories, this will be the fourth meeting in the Fall Classic. The Cards won the first two meetings in ’46 and ’67, but the Sox won the most recent in ’04. In the last 10 years, there has been only one 7 games series. For all you non-bandwagon, avid baseball fans around the country, let’s hope for a competitive World Series.
This years’ series will be one with a lot on young, talented pitching on one side and seasoned, veteran pitching on the other. With up-and-coming names like NLCS MVP Michael Wacha and closer Trevor Rosenthal, the hard throwing Cardinals look to blow it past the best, statistically speaking, hitting team in baseball. The Red Sox will try and rely on their veteran pitching staff to get the job done against one of the most consistent offensive teams in the league.
St. Louis has two legitimate MVP candidates in catcher Yadier Molina and two-bagger Matt Carpenter. Although Carpenter struggled through the ALDS and part of the ALCS, he has 3 guys right behind him in the order that get the job done day in and day out; Beltran, Holiday, and Molina. Boston comes into the series with the most runs scored and the best OBP and slugging. With players like Big Papi, Pedroia, and Ellsbury, the Red Sox have a balanced attack that will look to put up some big numbers against this stellar Cardinals’ pitching staff.
Even though the high-powered Sox offense has been consistent all season, they will struggle against the dominant St. Louis pitching from the starters all the way to Rosenthal. St. Louis is the most clutch offense in the league hitting a blistering .330 with RISP during the postseason. I see this series going 6 games with a Cardinals victory. Past Bucholz and Lester and the bullpen of the Sox, the pitching won’t be able to shut down this post-season tested St. Louis team.
It should be a classic World Series with two of the greatest franchises in Major League history squaring off. This won’t be the first time these teams will be under the spotlight. It looks to be another great World Series match-up.
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The New York Jets beat the New England Patriots on Monday night on a controversial penalty call. The Jets attempted a 56-yard field goal and missed. There was a 15-yard unsportsmanlike “push” penalty called on the Patriots. The penalty, enforced for the first time this season, allowed the Jets to reattempt the field goal from 42-yards. Nick Folk hit it and the Jets walked away with a victory. The Jets had watched tape on the Patriots’ special teams and saw this happening consistently. There are rumors of the Jets coaching staff tipping off the referees about the Patriots tendency to make the “push” before the play started. All-in-all, the referees called the penalty and the Patriots limped away with a bitter taste in their mouth
-Neil Hebert (On Twitter @neilabear14)