Yesterday was Jimmie Foxx’s birthday. XX was one of the all-time great sluggers, playing mostly for the Philadelphia A’s and the Boston Red Sox, belting 534 career home runs, winning the Triple Crown and 3 MVP awards. I think he would have appreciated this World Series match-up, as he played for the Sox in the late 30’s and early 40’s. He also faced the Cardinals in the 1930 and 1931 World Series, where he was a sterling performer.
I was half right in my prediction, as the Cardinals made it, but the Tigers fell short, partly through their own miscues. I think that this Sox-Cards match-up is a good one. The Sox have home field advantage, being home for games 1 and 2, and, if necessary, games 6 and 7. The Cards are home for games 3, 4 and 5, in what is called a 2-3-2 format.
Boston features a strong offense and a good bullpen, anchored by Uehara. The Sox batters have been clutch when they needed to be, and overall, they won’t make the mistakes in the field or on the bases that the Tigers did. They get contributions from many people, and their starters are quite solid. The Hubmen were also in the series in ’04 and ’07, winning both times by sweeps.
The Cards are battle tested, having come through against Texas in the 2011 series, when they rallied after being down to their last strike a couple of times. This is their 4th series appearance in 10 years, having made it to the big show in 2004, 2006 and 2011 previously. They were swept in ’04 by the Beantowners, and might want pay back, although each team has only 1 player left from those squads. The Redbirds won in ’06 and ’11.
This marks the 4th occasion that we have seen a Sox-Cards series match-up. Previously, they squared off in 1946 and 1967, when the Cards won in 7 games each time, and in 2004, when the Sox swept, as mentioned above. This Cardinals team has been under the radar, as many pundits picked the Dodgers to advance. I pick the Cards in 7, as I think they will give the Bostonians a run for their money, in a tightly contested series. Your thoughts?