World Series position-by-position breakdown
(Analysis by The Sports Network)
Two of the most storied franchises in major league history will battle in the 2013 World Series, as the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox get the best-of-seven matchup underway Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Let's take a look at the matchups at each position.
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Carlos Beltran, left, is perhaps the best postseason hitter of his generation with 37 RBIs in 45 playoff games with an incredible 1.173 OPS. This, though, will mark his first-ever trip to the Fall Classic. He is only hitting .256 this October, but has driven in 12 runs in the Cardinals' 11 games.
If Beltran is money, than what exactly is Shane Victorino, right?
Boston may have been criticized for giving him a three-year, $39 million deal this offseason, but the Flying Hawaiian was one of the team's top performers this season, hitting .294 with 15 home runs, 61 RBIs, 82 runs scored and 21 stolen bases.
Not to mention Victorino has had a penchant for coming up big in the postseason, as he has driven in 38 runs in 56 playoff games. Victorino propelled the Red Sox past the Tigers in the clinching game with a grand slam of his own in the eighth inning that put them ahead.