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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SECOND BASE( Wire photos )
Matt Carpenter, left, will get some NL MVP votes, as the rookie was one of the big surprises in the league this season, hitting .318 with a team-record 55 doubles, while scoring a major league-best 126 runs. However, he is batting a mere .167 this postseason, although he hit .261 in the NLCS with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Dustin Pedroia, right, is the unquestioned leader of the Red Sox. His six RBIs rank third on the team this postseason and always seems to be the one to spark a rally. Carpenter may have had a better overall season, but there are few, if any, who bring the intangibles that Pedroia does to the table. Not to mention he may be the best decision-maker in the field in the game.
EDGE: RED SOX