The 2013 World Series schedule is set as the Boston Red Sox officially punched their ticket to the fall classic last night by defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS, winning the series 4-2.
According to Yahoo Sports on Oct. 20, the Red Sox will host games one and two of the series, as the American League earned the home-field advantage back in July by winning the 2013 All-Star game.
Once again two teams who weren't in the rear view mirror of many experts at the beginning of the season have reached the finals. So who wins?
Las Vegas odds makers have the Boston Red Sox listed as the favorite to win the 2013 World Series at -150, with the comeback on St. Louis at +135. What that means is you have to wager $150 on Boston to win $100, while every $100 you place on St. Louis you would win $135 in return if the Cardinals win the series.
This is a tough series to call and it should be a classic, but I like the underdog here.
St. Louis just seems to reload and reload and as a baseball fan I have to admire that.
As a Tigers fan I would like to see the Red Sox win the Series because I always like to see that at least my favorite team lost to the eventual champions, However, it's the three straight in St. Louis, where the Red Sox will lose a hitter, that concerns me.
The pitchers will have to bat in St. Louis, while they don't have to in Boston - advantage National League all the way around.
If you don't think this issue of the pitcher batting doesn't matter, think again.
The NL has won 4 of the last 5 World Series titles and 3 in a row vs. great AL teams. Teams that looked like a fish out of water when they hit the road: the Tigers, Rangers (twice) and Tampa Bay Rays all were in the top 5 in hitting when they went to the fall classic the past five seasons, and they all looked horrible on the road.
The real problem with this rule is simple, either the pitcher ALWAYS bats, or he never bats, lets make it fair and equal, but that argument is for a different day.
Prediction: Wacha-Wacha St.Louis
Hers is a look at the 2013 World Series schedule and TV start times. All games are on FOX.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Cardinals at Red Sox - - Adam Wainwright vs. Jon Lester
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Cardinals at Red Sox - Michael Wacha vs. John Lackey
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Red Sox at Cardinals - Clay Buchholz vs. Joe Kelly
Sunday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. -- FOX
Red Sox at Cardinals - Jake Peavy vs. Lance Lynn
Game 5 (if necessary)
Monday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Red Sox at Cardinals - TBD
Game 6 (if necessary)
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Cardinals at Red Sox - TBD
Game 7 (if necessary)
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX
Cardinals at Red Sox -- TBD