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October 21, 2013

Watch out for Wacha

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The 31-year-old Molina played in three games and recorded three at-bats in the 2004 World Series vs. Boston.

3. Cards Have True Ace

The Cardinals have a true ace, All-Star right-hander Adam Wainwright. The 32-year-old sinker ball pitcher led the National League in wins (19), starts (34), innings (241.2), complete games (5) and shutouts (2) in ‘13. He posted a 2.94 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP.

He throws a sinker, cutter, curveball and changeup in addition to a fastball that averaged 91.1 mph this year, according to fangraphs.com.

4. Freese Has Flair

David Freese was the MVP of the 2011 NLCS and ‘11 World Series.

During the ‘11 postseason, he batted .397 with a .465 on-base percentage, .794 slugging percentage, 1.258 OPS, five homers, 21 RBIs, eight doubles and one triple.

Freese has not hit well this postseason. He has a .189 batting average and .250 on-base percentage in 37 at-bats.

But Freese has a flair for the dramatic so the Red Sox better watch out for him. He could heat up at any time.

5. Cards As Good As Sox

The Cardinals, like Boston, won 97 games during the regular and finished tied with the Red Sox for the best record in the majors.

They were 83‐14 (.856 winning percentage) when scoring four or more runs and 92‐23 (.800) when scoring three or more runs.

The Cardinals had a plus-187 run scored differential (783‐596), the best in the NL and second only to Boston (plus-197) in the majors.

The two teams obviously are pretty evenly matched on paper.

6. Cardinals HavePower Arms

The Cardinals have several power arms in addition Wacha.

Right-handed starter Joe Kelly’s fastball averaged 94.9 mph this year while right-handed starter Lance Lynn’s fastball averaged 92.4 mph, according to fangraphs.com.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal’s fastball averaged 97.3 mph.

7. St. Louis’ BullpenIs Dominant

Rosenthal, yeah, he’s darn good. The same can be said about the Cards ‘pen.

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