It's not known who will represent the AL in the World Series, but the Cardinals can't let stars beat them.
If Boston wins the ALCS, David Ortiz can't be the guy to beat you. If Detroit manages to come back from a 3-2 series deficit, it has more players who can make you pay. Limiting Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez will not be easy, but it's essential.
Ortiz is hitting only .219 this postseason, but he has three home runs and seven RBI. He has 15 career postseason homers, and he has many clutch home runs to his name. The Red Sox led the majors in runs scored and on-base percentage and finished second in average, so there are plenty of players who can make a pitcher pay. However, it's Ortiz whom the Cardinals need to keep in check.
Detroit has a trio of stars in the middle of its lineup. Cabrera and Martinez have combined to hit .333 with a home run and five RBI in the ALCS. Fielder has hit only .211 and has not knocked in a run. Holding him in check has been the deciding factor so far.
If the Tigers make it to the World Series, the Cardinals can allow the trio to get hits. They just can't allow them to leave the yard. Make guys like Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson get big hits rather than one of the stars.
It's unclear how the AL champion will handle its lineup when the series heads to St. Louis, as the designated hitter will either have to play the field or sit on the bench. That will certainly help the Cardinals by taking away a bat out of its opponent's lineup.
St. Louis has the lowest ERA (2.34) of any team in the playoffs. It has found ways to neutralize guys like Andrew McCutchen, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez.
Now it will have to continue to pitch opposing stars tough if it is going to win the World Series.