Two of baseball’s most storied franchises meet tonight in Game 1 of the World Series.
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals face off at Fenway Park, with 15 game winner Jon Lester taking on 19 game winner Adam Wainwright.
And make no mistake, tonight’s series opener is huge.
Teams that win the opening game have won 20 of the past 24 World Series.
The Sox and Cards are evenly matched in many aspects.
They share a Major League best 97-and-65 regular season record, they have recent World Series experience, as well as rock solid lineups and pitching staffs.
The Red Sox and Cardinals have met three other times in the Fall Classic, with St. Louis winning in 1946 and ’67, before Boston swept the Cards in 2004 to end an 86 year championship drought.
So who wins this time?
You can flip a coin, really, but I’ll go with the Red Sox, who I think have a deeper lineup, a better bullpen, and home field advantage.
I’d hate to see former Blue Jays manager John Farrell with the World Series trophy, but I think it’s going to happen.