As the Boston Red Sox prepare for Wednesday's kickoff of the 2013 MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, let's take a look at a few notes regarding the Sox and their history in the fall classic.
This is the 12th trip to the series for Boston, and their first since 2007. They lead the American League with three World Series appearances in 10 years. In that time frame, only the Cardinals have reached the series as many times. Boston last appeared in three World Series within in a 10-year span from 1915-18.
With this being the 12th appearance, the Red Sox pass the Detroit Tigers for the sixth most behind the Yankees (40), Cardinals and Giants (19), Dodgers (18) and Athletics (15). Their seven World Series titles are also tied with the Giants for fourth most all-time behind the Yankees (27), Cardinals (11), and Athletics (9).
On the road to the World Series, Boston went 14-6 against the National League this year in 20 games. It was the best interleague record by an AL team, and second best overall. Only the Pittsburgh Pirates had a better record against the opposing league, going 15-5 this year. Not bad for a team that held opponents to two runs or fewer in 16 of those 20 games.
The Cardinals will have work to do to start the series, as the Red Sox bullpen has allowed just 1 run in 24.1 innings pitched over the last seven games. That has translated into a 0.37 ERA in that span.
Boston is 10-8 overall in World Series games against St. Louis. In home games at Fenway, the Red Sox are 6-3 against the Cardinals. Much better than when they are at Busch Stadium, where they are 4-5. This is the fourth time the Red Sox have faced the Cardinals in the fall classic. Boston has never faced another opponent in multiple World Series matches. St. Louis won the first two encounters, with a Game 7 win in both 1946 and 1967, before Boston swept the 2004 meeting in four straight games.
Game 1 of this year's meeting will be on Wednesday night, as Boston will send Jon Lester to the mound to face Adam Wainwright in a battle of aces. The last time Lester pitched in the World Series, he shut down the Colorado Rockies in 2007. Nationally televised coverage will begin on FOX at 7:30 P.M. Eastern, with first pitch to follow at approximately 8:07 P.M.