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October 21, 2013

Watch out for Wacha

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St. Louis has the second best playoff bullpen of teams that have played more than one game this postseason with a 1.80 ERA in 30.0 innings. Meanwhile, Boston has the top bullpen (0.84 ERA in 32.0 innings).

Edward Mujica was the Cardinals’ closer this season but he lost the job when he posted an 11.05 ERA in September.

Rosenthal is experienced with just three career regular season and three career postseason saves to his name. Some Koji Uehara doesn’t have years of experience as a closer either and we’ve seen what he’s done.

8. Cards AreA Young Bunch

While the Red Sox are a team of veteran ballplayers for the most part, the Cardinals are young.

Their average age is 27.4 while the Red Sox’ average age is 30.1. St. Louis’ pitching staff is very young with Wacha being 22, Rosenthal 23 and reliever Carlos Martinez 22.

That said, the Cards have some vets, too. Molina has played in three World Series and then there is 2011 NLCS and ‘11 World Series MVP David Freese. The Cards also have proven veterans Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Wainwright.

9. Pujols’ Replacement is Good Too

Allen Craig replaced Albert Pujols at first base for the Cardinals when Pujols, once the most beloved player in St. Louis, left for the Angels a couple of years ago.

Craig played 134 games this year, batting .315 with a .373 on-base percentage, .457 slugging percentage and .830 OPS.

Craig hasn’t played since the beginning of September because of a Lisfranc injury, but he has said he is ready for the World Series.

Follow Christopher Smith on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB

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