by: Megan Burke
The MLB (Major League Baseball) postseason is well under way, which means for St. Louis fans there is another shot for the St. Louis Cardinals to make it to the World Series for the 12th time in history.
The playoffs, or “postseason”, for MLB takes place each year during early October with the last series, the World Series Championship, taking place at the end of the month. According to About.com, five teams from the National League and five teams from the American League advance on to the playoffs. These five teams from each league consist of three division champs and two wild card teams (teams with the best records that did not win a division).
According to MLB.com, the teams to make it to the playoffs this year from the National League were the Pirates, Reds, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Braves. The teams from the American League were the Rays, Indians, Red Sox, Tigers, and Athletics. The Cardinals won the 5-game NL Division Series A; beating out the Pirates 3-2. Then, advanced to the NL Championship series where they overcame the Dodgers winning 5-1 in the 7-game series. The Cardinals will be playing the Red Sox, who overcame the Tigers 4-2 in the AL Championship Series, in the World Series Championship.
The MLB 2013 World Series Championship is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 23 and ends on Thursday, October 31. Having won 18 National League pennants and 11 World Series Championships, the last one being in 2011, it is safe to say the St. Louis Cardinals have a pretty good chance of coming out on top. The Red Sox will be great competition and pose a challenge for the Cardinals. The Boston Red Sox have won seven World Series Championships their last being in 2007. These two teams have gone head to head competing in the World Series four times in history, the last of which was in 2004 when Red Sox swept the Cardinals in a 4-0 defeat. Now the Cards are looking at this years’ match-up as an opportunity for revenge. “The Sox have already had two grand slams in this year’s postseason!” commented Red Sox fan, Josh Baron. Avid Cardinals fan, Morgan McAteer, stated, “With Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, and Matt Holliday, I feel like our team is destined to go far in the postseason and hopefully advance as World Series champs.” This year’s Championship is set up to be a true battle and is the most anticipated face-off of the fall sports season.
There has been much talk about game one of the 2013 World Series as the two teams have matched up their best players to kick off the series. The Cardinals will be starting their best two pitchers Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. To compete against them, the Red Sox have two very strong offensive players, David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who will challenge these St. Louis pitchers.
Only time will tell who will emerge with another World Series title; meanwhile, Cardinals fans around the world have taken to hashtagging the phrase #12in13 to represent the hope and support they have for St. Louis to win their 12th world series in 2013.