Mike Napoli

World Series Preview and Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox

Tradition-laden teams do battle in classic matchup
The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, owners of the two best records in baseball, prepare to stage a classic showdown in the World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox
This is the first time the two teams with their league’s best records have met in the Fall Classic since the Yankees defeated the Braves in 1999. Both the Red Sox and Cardinals won 97 games. These two teams have proven to be among the best in baseball all season, and this series has all the signs of a long, competitive, down-to-the-wire World Series.

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview

Sox take step back in 2014, but future is bright
The Red Sox are beginning the process of getting younger with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, but entrusting two vital defensive positions to rookies generally isn’t a World Series-winning strategy, at least in Year 1. It’s Years 2 and beyond that have the Red Sox so excited.

The Red Sox were in the process of building a bridge when they decided to make it a launch pad. The shocking World Series title that followed brought the joy back to Boston baseball after two years of relentless negativity.

World Series Game 4 Preview: Cardinals, Red Sox Regroup After Controversial Ending

St. Louis look to build on lead in Game 4
After some controversy at the end of Game 3, both the Red Sox and Cardinals carry tired bullpens into Game 4.

World Series – Game 4
Boston at St. Louis
8:15 ET Fox
Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) vs. Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97)

World Series Game 2 Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox

St. Louis looks to even series behind rookie Michael Wacha
After a miserable performance on Wednesday night, the Cardinals try to even the series before heading back to St. Louis.

World Series – Game 2
St. Louis at Boston
8:07 ET Fox
Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) vs. John Lackey (10-13, 3.52)

Texas Rangers 2012 Preview

Two-time defending AL champs have unfinished business
<p> The American League West race likely won’t be a runaway in 2012, as it was the past two seasons, but the Rangers remain the team to beat.</p>

Texas Rangers

Mike Napoli Nears Legend Status During World Series Run

The Texas Rangers catcher is on the verge of Daniel Boone and Nolan Ryan status in the Lone Star state
<p> If legends are truly born in October, then the name of Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli could be added to Lone Star State lore right alongside Daniel Boone, Sam Houston and Nolan Ryan.</p>

ARLINGTON, Texas — If legends are truly born in October, then the name of Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli could be added to Lone Star State lore right alongside Daniel Boone, Sam Houston and Nolan Ryan.

Texas Rangers Take Advantage in Game 5-St. Louis Cardinals Don't

The Rangers made the most of scoring opportunities while the same cannot be said about the Cardinals
<p> The Rangers made the most of scoring opportunities while the same cannot be said about the Cardinals.</p>

by Josh Kipnis

My favorite baseball colloquialism to call out to a teammate at the plate is “Right man, right spot.”  It is the ultimate pick-me-up; it says, you are the man for the job and the time to do that job is now.

Going into the potential last game of the World Series, the Texas Rangers have taken this motto to heart in every one of their wins in this big showdown.

Red Sox, Yankees and Other Fans Who Really Hate This World Series

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by Charlie Miller

The 2011 World Series is evolving into one of the classic matchups in history. We’ve seen a 1-0 game through eight innings won in the ninth with two sac flies. We’ve seen a monumental blowout with Albert Pujols making history with three home runs. We’ve witnessed a young pitcher coming of age with a gem in Game 4 as Derek Holland shut down the Cardinals for 8+ innings. Baseball fans must be thrilled with this fall display.

Well, most fans. But there are some fans who are not enjoying the 2011 postseason.