Wednesday, April 23, 2014
If FOX can get the copyright permission, they should begin Wednesday’s telecast of the World Series with the opening scene from Fiddler on the Roof, featuring Tevye singing:
St. Louis vs. Boston.
This is baseball. Boston loves its baseball team, which began as the Boston Americans in 1901 … St. Louis had already had a team for 19 years. The St. Louis Brown Stockings began in 1882.
They have met three times in the World Series. The Cardinals won twice, four games to three (1946 and 1967). The Red Sox swept in 2004.
These two teams have been the best recently, and not only this year when both finished 97-65, the best record in their respective leagues. They also have been the best in their leagues over the past 10 years.
From 2004 to 2013:
Boston played in four league championship series and three World Series. Two world championships (so far).
St. Louis played in six league championship series and three World Series. Two world championships (so far).
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at these two model franchises.
The Red Sox will start Jon Lester in Game 1. The Cardinals pose a big challenge. See today’s story.
Boston manager John Farrell was not ready to announce his roster, rotation or lineup.
Here are some guesses:
The roster will stay the same, with the possible exception of Matt Thornton replacing Franklin Morales in the bullpen. Morales has been too wild to be depended on.
The rotation will likely switch back to the ALDS format of Lester, Lackey Buchholz and Peavy. Lackey would have too much of a layoff if he’s pushed back to Game 3. Plus, based on his ALCS performance, he is probably Boston’s second-best option anyways.
As for the lineup, Farrell hinted that there would be few changes. Assuming he sticks with David Ross as Jon Lester’s catcher, here is a look at Wednesday’s possible lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Johnny Gomes LF
Stephen Drew SS
Xander Bogaerts 3B
David Ross C
(Jon Lester P)
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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