How stunned were you when the second-best pitcher in the National League completely wilted when facing the best offense in the American League? If you weren't stunned at all, then you are probably aware of the truth, which is that the National League is more or less a joke, occasionally capable of winning a short series against a team that is dead, but that its level of talent is inferior to that of the AL.
The St. Louis Cardinals will try to climb out of that hole in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday. They might have a chance if rookie sensation Michael Wacha can continue his postseason magic that he has strung together so far. If that doesn't happen, then we could be on pace for yet another four-game sweep by the Red Sox in a World Series. Yawn.
I said I didn't care about the World Series, but after the first game, I just want the Red Sox to lose. I want them to be vanquished thoroughly and ignominiously. I want them to choke totally, to completely melt away into an inchoate mass of bearded failure. I want them to be embarrassingly bad in every aspect of a baseball game. In short, I want them to look like the Cardinals did last night. I won't be holding my breath.
|BOSTON RED SOX||ST. LOUIS CARDINALS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury (L) - CF||Matt Carpenter (L) - 2B|
|Shane Victorino (S) - RF||Carlos Beltran (S) - RF|
|Dustin Pedroia (R) - 2B||Matt Holliday (R) - LF|
|David Ortiz (L) - DH||Matt Adams (L) - 1B|
|Mike Napoli (R) - 1B||Yadier Molina (R) - C|
|Jonny Gomes (R) - LF||Allen Craig (R) - DH|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) - C||David Freese (R) - 3B|
|Stephen Drew (L) - SS||Jon Jay (L) - CF|
|Xander Bogaerts (R) - 3B||Daniel Descalso (L) - SS|