Power Ranking Every Player in the 2013 World Series

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

Power Ranking Every Player in the 2013 World Series

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    The 2013 World Series begins on Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals head to Boston to take on the Red Sox in what promises to be a great series.

    The matchup pits two of the most storied franchises in MLB history and two of the most passionate fanbases in the league against one another, as the Cardinals look to win championship No. 12 and the Red Sox push for title No. 8.

    On the eve of Game 1 of the series, here is a look at the 50 players who will make up the World Series rosters, ranked from No. 50-1 based on their potential impact in the series and overall production this season.

50. C Tony Cruz, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    51.203/.240/.29312325 6 1 1 1313 0

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    N/A

     

    Player Overview

    Tony Cruz has yet to take the field this postseason, and barring an injury to Yadier Molina that will likely remain the case in the World Series unless he gets a chance as a pinch hitter.

    The 27-year-old does a nice job handling the staff and flashed some marginal offensive ability when he saw extended action with Molina sidelined earlier this year, but he's nothing more than insurance on the roster here in October.

49. 2B Kolten Wong, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    32.153/.194/.169599 1 0 0  06 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    5.000/.000/.000 50 0 0 0  00 0

     

    Player Overview

    The Cardinals' first-round pick in 2011, Kolten Wong entered the year as the No. 93 prospect in the MLB and the No. 5 prospect in the Cardinals system, according to Baseball America

    He opened the season in Triple-A, hitting .303/.369/.466 with 39 extra-base hits (10 HR) and 20 steals before being called up on August 16. He didn't do much in his first taste of the majors, though, and is hitless in five at-bats this October.

48. RP Franklin Morales, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
     20/1 2-2 0  44.62 1.5424152125.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/0 0-0 0  06.75 3.753 201.1

     

    Player Overview

    A strong month of September (10 G, 1.86 ERA) coupled with the Red Sox need for another left-handed reliever earned Franklin Morales a spot on the postseason roster, but he didn't get the job done in a crucial situation last time out.

    With the Red Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, Morales entered with two on and nobody out. He walked Prince Fielder before allowing a two-run single to Victor Martinez. Unless the team opts to go with Matt Thornton though, his roster spot looks to be safe.

47. 1B/LF Mike Carp, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    86.296/.362/.5232166418 2 9 4334 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    4.000/.000/.000 60 0 0 0  00 0

     

    Player Overview

    Acquired from the Mariners in February after the additions of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse left him without a roster spot, Mike Carp settled into a reserve role in Boston and proved to be one of the best bench players in the league this season.

    However, he hit just .250/.325/.353 over the final two months of the season, and he's been used sparing here in the playoffs. He's struck out three times in six at-bats and has yet to reach base.

46. SP Ryan Dempster, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    32/29 8-94.57 1.4517079157171.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      2/0 0-00.00 1.002 02 2

     

    Player Overview

    Looking to add some veteran depth to their starting rotation, the Red Sox signed Ryan Dempster to a two-year, $26.5 million deal in the offseason after he went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA between Chicago and Texas in 2012.

    After posting a 6.75 ERA in five August starts, he was eventually moved to the bullpen in September when Clay Buchholz returned from the disabled list, and that's where he's been this postseason. He'll likely only see action if a starter makes an early exit or a game goes into extra innings.

     

45. SP Shelby Miller, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    31/3115-93.06 1.2115257169173.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      1/0 0-09.00 1.001 01 1

     

    Player Overview

    Part of a phenomenal class of rookie pitchers in the National League this year, Shelby Miller is a big reason why the Cardinals were able to secure the NL Central title this season, but he has been a forgotten man this postseason.

    Manager Mike Matheny opted to go with experience in naming Lance Lynn his No. 4 starter, and it will likely stay that way for the World Series. Miller remains a big part of the team's future and someone who is capable of being a front-line starter, but he's nothing more than an emergency option at this point.

44. SP Felix Doubront, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    29/2711-64.32 1.4316171139162.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      2/0 0-00.00 1.291 212.1

     

    Player Overview

    As the Red Sox battled injuries and inconsistency early this season with their rotation, there were times when Felix Doubront was their most effective starter. Over a 15-start stretch from May to August, he was 5-4 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.

    He finds himself in the bullpen now though, and with Franklin Morales faltering in Game 6 of the ALCS, he could slide into the role of middle-inning left-hander in the World Series.

43. RP Edward Mujica, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    65 2-137  52.78 1.0160 54664.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    2 0-0 0  04.50 0.501 00 2

     

    Player Overview

    An All-Star in his first season in the closer role, Edward Mujica was a godsend for the Cardinals when Jason Motte was lost for the season and Mitchell Boggs was unable to replace him. For much of the season, he was a sure thing in the ninth inning.

    However, he seemed to run out of steam over the final month of the season, going 2-of-4 on save chances with an 11.05 ERA in 7.1 innings of work. He was replaced in the ninth inning by the man who set him up for most of the season in Trevor Rosenthal, and he's made just two appearances this October.

42. PR Quintin Berry, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    13.625/.667/1.00 85 0 0 1  45 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    2.000/.000/.000 00 0 0 0  00 2

     

    Player Overview

    After bouncing between several teams in the early stages of his career, Quintin Berry finally found a home in Detroit last season, hitting .258/.330/.354 with 21 steals in 291 at-bats. He was waived by the Tigers in June, though, and claimed by the Royals.

    He changed teams again in late August, as the Red Sox sent Clayton Mortensen to Kansas City for the speedster. He's given the team a dynamic pinch-running threat. He's a perfect 28-of-28 in his big league career on stolen base attempts, including the postseason, and he could make a Dave Roberts-type impact in the situation arises.

41. C David Ross, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    36.216/.298/.38210222 5 0 4 1011 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    4.333/.400/.556 93 2 0 0  11 0

     

    Player Overview

    A backup catcher with plus pop throughout his 12-year career, David Ross was signed by the Red Sox with a two-year, $6.5 million deal in the offseason after playing last season with the Braves.

    He missed significant time during the regular season with a concussion but is back healthy now. Ross gives the team a solid option should it elect to give Jarrod Saltalamacchia a day off during the World Series.

40. RP Brandon Workman, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
     20/3 6-3 0  14.97 1.4244154741.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
     4/0 0-0 0  00.00 1.134 235.1

     

    Player Overview

    A second-round pick in 2010, Brandon Workman entered the season as the Red Sox's No. 12 overall prospect according to Baseball America. He's part of a great young group of arms the team has assembled in their minor league ranks over the past few years.

    He was 8-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.188 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A before being called up to Boston. He's made a pair of relief appearances in which he allowed a total of nine runs in five innings of work ballooned his ERA while posting a solid 3.44 mark in his other 18 appearances combined.

39. CF Shane Robinson, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    99.250/.345/.31914436 2 1 2 1622 5

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    4.375/.375/.750 83 0 0 1  32 1

     

    Player Overview

    A college national player of the year winner during his sophomore season at Florida State in 2005, Shane Robinson has carved out a role as the Cardinals' fourth outfielder the past two seasons, and he has made the most of his limited opportunities this October.

    He hit a big homer off of J.P. Howell in Game 4 of the NLCS and then went 2-for-4 with two RBI while earning a start in Game 6. He'll continue to be a key player off the bench for the Cardinals in the World Series, even with the return of Allen Craig.

38. 3B Will Middlebrooks, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    94.227/.271/.4253487918 017 4941 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    9.174/.269/.261234 2 0 0  12 1

     

    Player Overview

    A prime candidate for a breakout season after posting an .835 OPS with 15 home runs in just 267 at-bats as a rookie in 2012, Will Middlebrooks instead struggled to the point of demotion and spent nearly two months in the minors before rejoining the Red Sox on August 10.

    He hit .276/.329/.476 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 41 games the rest of the way, but the struggles have returned this postseason. He may very well find himself on the bench in the World Series after rookie Xander Bogaerts earned the start at third in Game 5 and Game 6.

37. IF Daniel Descalso, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    123.238/.290/.3663287825 1 5 4343 6

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.188/.188/.188163 0 0 0  02 0

     

    Player Overview

    A valuable glove on the infield capable of playing second base, shortstop and third base at a high level, Daniel Descalso posted career highs in home runs, RBI and runs this season as he also gave the team a decent bat of the bench in going 5-for-25 as a pinch hitter.

    With Pete Kozma still struggling at the plate, Descalco will likely steal at least a start or two in the World Series. While he's far from an impact bat, he does provide some speed and decent doubles power to go along with his plus glove.

36. SS Stephen Drew, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    124.253/.333/.44344211229 813 6757 6

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.086/.111/.143353 0 1 0  21 0

     

    Player Overview

    Signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal in the offseason, Stephen Drew checks in as the worst everyday player on either side after going just 3-for-35 this postseason, but given how right-handed-heavy the Red Sox lineup is, he'll likely continue to be the everyday option.

    Though he had a subpar year across the board during the regular season, he looked to have turned a corner down the stretch in hitting .333/.396/.583 with eight RBI in his final 13 games. If he can get things going, it would eliminate what has essentially been a dead spot in the Boston lineup to this point.

35. SS Pete Kozma, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    143.217/.275/.2734108920 0 1 3544 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.200/.333/.240255 1 0 0  22 1

     

    Player Overview

    Despite him ranking among the worst everyday players in baseball with his .217/.275/.273 line, the Cardinals stuck with Pete Kozma at shortstop for most of the regular season, due in large part to his plus defense at shortstop.

    He's split time with Daniel Descalso this postseason, and the team will likely continue to play the matchups as both guys provide above-average defense and below-average offense.

34. LF Daniel Nava, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    134.303/.385/.44545813929 012 6677 0

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    4.273/.429/.273113 0 0 0  00 0

     

    Player Overview

    Signed out of the independent leagues prior to the 2008 season, Daniel Nava hit a combined .243/.352/.379 in 428 at-bats between 2010 and 2012 and looked to be nothing more than a fourth outfielder long-term.

    He broke out this season though at the age of 30, splitting time between left and right field but essentially seeing everyday at-bats in the process. He's made just four starts this postseason, and with no left-handed starters in the Cardinals rotation, he could get the nod over Jonny Gomes in left field for at least a couple starts.

33. CF Jon Jay, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    157.276/.351/.37054815127 2 7 677510

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.206/.282/.20634 0 0 0  35 1

     

    Player Overview

    A weak spot in the Cardinals lineup during the first half of the season when he hit just .250/.331/.341, Jon Jay turned things around in the second half with a .311/.379/.412 line and wound up ranking third among NL center fielders in RBI.

    His defense in center field has been shaky at times this postseason, and he has not done much at the plate. The team opted to start Shane Robinson over him in center field with left-handed Clayton Kershaw on the mound in Game 6 of the NLCS, but with an all right-handed rotation in Boston he'll likely be the everyday guy in the World Series.

32. RP Seth Maness, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    66 5-2 1 152.32 1.2665133562

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    5 0-0 0  10.00 1.133 012.2

     

    Player Overview

    An 11th-round pick in 2011, Seth Maness made a name for himself in 2012 when he went 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 27 starts between High-A and Double-A and walked just 10 batters in 169.2 innings of work.

    He joined the St. Louis bullpen after just four Triple-A starts this year and gave them a solid middle-innings arm all season. He pitches to contact with a good sinker and could be called on in a big spot to try to get a needed double play.

31. LF Jonny Gomes, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    116.247/.344/.4263127717 013 5249 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.200/.259/.280255 2 0 0  26 0

     

    Player Overview

    One of a handful of offseason veteran additions that have been instrumental in the Red Sox turnaround this season, Jonny Gomes has made as big an impact in the clubhouse as he has on the field, and that's not meant as a knock on his performance this year.

    He sees the bulk of his playing time against left-handed pitching, but should see at least a start or two in the World Series even with an all right-handed rotation in St. Louis. He can draw a walk and has plus power, and when the series shifts to St. Louis he could be a key player off the bench.

30. RP Kevin Siegrist, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    45 3-1 0 110.45 0.8817185039.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    5 0-0 0  13.38 1.504 012.2

     

    Player Overview

    Another late-round steal by the Cardinals, Kevin Siegrist was a 41st-round selection back in 2008 out of Palm Beach Community College. After being used primarily as a starter prior to this season, he was moved to the bullpen and posted a 1.95 ERA and 14.3 K/9 in 27.2 minor league innings before being called up.

    Unlike fellow Cardinals lefty reliever Randy Choate, Siegrist throws gas and relies on the strikeout. He has not been quite as untouchable this postseason with four hits in 2.2 innings of work, but his 0.88 WHIP speaks to just how dominant he can be.

29. RP John Axford, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    75 7-7 0 194.02 1.5273266565

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    4 0-0 0  02.70 1.502 343.1

     

    Player Overview

    After saving 46 games and winning Rolaids Relief Man honors in 2011, John Axford blew nine saves in 2012 and was 0-2 with a blown save and 24.30 ERA in his first four games this season before being quickly removed from the closer's role in Milwaukee.

    He posted a 3.16 ERA in 58 games as a setup man the rest of the way for the Brewers before being traded to the Cardinals in late August. He's proven to be a great pickup, with a 1.74 ERA in 13 regular-season games with the Cardinals and assuming the eighth-inning role with Trevor Rosenthal moving to the closer's role.

28. RP Randy Choate, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    64 2-1 0 152.29 1.0526112835.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    5 0-0 0  10.00 0.000 012.2

     

    Player Overview

    The prototypical left-handed specialist, Randy Choate held lefties to a .176/.268/.224 line and just four extra-base hits (all doubles) in 85 at-bats this season.

    He's been incredibly efficient this postseason, throwing 2.2 perfect innings of relief over five appearances, and with the dangerous left-handed bats of Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz waiting in the Boston lineup, he'll be busy again in the World Series.

27. RP Craig Breslow, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    61 5-2 0 131.81 1.1249183359.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    7 1-0 0  40.00 1.143 56 7

     

    Player Overview

    The Red Sox acquired Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks at the deadline in 2012 for reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik, and that move wound up paying huge dividends this season as he joined Junichi Tazawa in a key setup role.

    The Cardinals don't hit left-handed pitching particularly well, posting a .238/.301/.371 line during the regular season, so Breslow could be a key for the Red Sox out of the bullpen in the series as he looks to bridge the gap to closer Koji Uehara.

26. 3B David Freese, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    138.262/.340/.38146212126 1 9 6053 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.189/.250/.29737 7  1 0 1  43 0

     

    Player Overview

    It was a down season across the board for David Freese, and his time in St. Louis could be coming to an end with the very real possibility that the team moves Matt Carpenter to third base and Kolten Wong into the everyday second base job at some point next season.

    However, he's still entrenched in the everyday lineup for the time being, and he'll be looking to add to his St. Louis legacy with another big World Series. He won NLCS and World Series MVP during the team's championship run in 2011.

25. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    121.273/.338/.46642511640 014 6568 4

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    8.231/.259/.269266 1 0 0  51 0

     

    Player Overview

    It was a great all-around season for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he set career highs in all three triple-slash categories as well as RBI and runs scored—and in a contract year, no less.

    He may give way to David Ross for a start or two depending on how long the series goes, but he is capable of making a serious impact at the plate. He delivered the walk-off single in Game 2 of the ALCS after David Ortiz knotted things up with a grand slam in the eighth.

24. RP Carlos Martinez, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
     21/1 2-1 1  35.08 1.4131 92428.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
      7/0 0-1 0  32.70 0.602 266.2

     

    Player Overview

    Ranked as one of the Cardinals' top three prospects in each of the past three seasons, according to Baseball America, Carlos Martinez made his big league debut on May 3 and spent the bulk of the second-half pitching out of the St. Louis bullpen.

    His numbers weren't great during the regular season, but he has the definition of a live arm. The Cardinals have leaned on him in some high-pressure situations and in the late innings this postseason, and he's responded.

23. RP Junichi Tazawa, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    71 5-4 0 253.16 1.2070127268.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    8 1-0 0  41.80 1.005 03 5

     

    Player Overview

    Signed out of Japan in 2008, Junichi Tazawa finally found his footing in the big leagues last season, posting a 1.43 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 37 appearances. He opened the season in a middle-relief role, but quickly became the team's primary setup man after injury struck.

    He's been called on frequently this offseason, and that will no doubt continue as he remains the primary bridge to lights-out closer Koji Uehara.

22. SP Jake Peavy, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    23/2312-54.17 1.1513036121144.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      2/2 0-18.31 1.5010 348.2

     

    Player Overview

    Acquired from the White Sox at the deadline, Jake Peavy went 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 starts after joining the Red Sox, posting quality starts in six of those 10 outings to edge out Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront for the No. 4 starter spot in the playoffs.

    He allowed just five hits and one run in 5.2 innings in his Game 4 ALDS start, but was shelled in his ALCS outing, allowing five hits, three walks and seven earned runs in just three innings of work. He'll likely take the ball in Game 4 once again in what could be a pivotal start in the series.

21. SP Lance Lynn, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    33/3315-103.97 1.3118976198201.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/2 2-15.40 1.8014 71211.2

     

    Player Overview

    The beneficiary of a league-best 5.15 runs of support per start, Lance Lynn topped the 15-win mark for the second straight season despite some shaky stretches throughout 2013.

    He's been susceptible to the big inning this postseason, but picked up his second win of the playoffs in his Game 4 NLCS start, going 5.1 innings and allowing six hits and two runs. His leash will continue to be a short one, but he's more than capable of giving the Cardinals a quality start in Game 4.

20. SS/3B Xander Bogaerts, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    18.250/.320/.3644411 2 0 1  57 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    6.500/.727/1.00 63 3 0 0  07 0

     

    Player Overview

    The No. 8 prospect in baseball entering the season, according to Baseball America, Xander Bogaerts showed enough down the stretch to earn a spot on the postseason bench and now looks like he could find himself in a starting role in the World Series.

    After being used sparingly in the early going this October, he earned the start at third base in the final two games of the ALCS. On top of his three doubles in six at-bats, he has also drawn five walks this postseason with just one strikeout, showing an advanced approach beyond his years.

19. DH Allen Craig, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    134.315/.373/.45750816029 213 9771 2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    N/A

     

    Player Overview

    Sidelined to this point in October with a foot injury, it looks as though Allen Craig will be on the Cardinals' World Series roster, according to ESPN. Craig has not played since Sept. 4 and will likely be relegated to DH duties, but he would be a big addition nonetheless.

    The Cardinals were phenomenal all season hitting in clutch situations, but Craig was otherworldly with a .454/.500/.638 line with runners in scoring position. If he can even scratch the surface of that production in the World Series, he'll be a welcome addition to the St. Louis lineup.

     

    *Note: World Series rosters have not yet been announced, but according to Mike Axisa at CBSSports Allen Craig will be on the roster and a tweet from St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold confirmed it will be Adron Chambers who is bumped to make room for Craig.

18. SP Joe Kelly, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    37/1510-52.69 1.351244479124

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/3 0-14.41 1.4718 61316.1

     

    Player Overview

    After spending most of the first half of the season in the bullpen, Joe Kelly joined the rotation shortly after the All-Star break and went on to led the NL with nine second-half wins to go along with a 1.91 ERA as he helped shore up the Cardinals staff.

    He was solid in his first two starts this postseason (3.18 ERA) before getting hit with the loss in Game 5 of the NLCS, and he'll look to get back on track when he takes the ball in Game 3.

17. 1B Matt Adams, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    108.284/.335/.5032968414 017 5146 0

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.268/.333/.3904111  2 0 1  45 0

     

    Player Overview

    Not many teams could afford to lose a player of Allen Craig's caliber heading into the postseason, but luckily for the Cardinals they had Matt Adams waiting in the wings to step in as the everyday first baseman and cleanup hitter.

    The big slugger hit .315/.344/.609 with eight home runs and 15 RBI in September, and while Craig is expected to return to the roster for the World Series, Adams will likely remain at first base and hitting cleanup.

16. 1B Mike Napoli, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    139.259/.360/.48249812938 223 9279 1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.242/.342/.515338 3 0 2  35 0

     

    Player Overview

    One of the Red Sox's primary run producers during the regular season, Mike Napoli is one of the streakiest hitters in all of baseball, but when he's hot, he can be an absolute monster in the middle of a lineup.

    His solo home run off Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the ALCS proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory, and he'll be looking for more big blows against the Cardinals. Last time he was in the World Series in 2011 as a member of the Rangers, he went 7-for-20 with two home runs and 10 RBI against the Cardinals.

15. SP Clay Buchholz, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    16/1612-11.74 1.02753696108.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/3 0-05.40 1.4419 51516.2

     

    Player Overview

    After missing over three months, Clay Buchholz returned to the Boston rotation in September and went 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts as he looked ready to make a postseason impact.

    He's had a pair of solid starts sandwiched around a rough outing in Game 2 of the ALCS, but he has yet to pitch more than six innings as he's still look for his signature outing of the 2013 postseason. He'll likely get the Game 2 nod, where he'll have the unenviable task of squaring off against Michael Wacha.

14. 2B Matt Carpenter, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    157.318/.392/.48162619955 711 78126 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.167/.250/.262427 2 1 0  25 1

     

    Player Overview

    Had this list been made right at the end of the regular season, Matt Carpenter likely would have found himself in the top five, but his ongoing struggles this postseason push him down the list.

    A legitimate NL MVP candidate, Carpenter led all of baseball in hits, runs and doubles during the regular season as an invaluable table-setter atop the lineup in his first season as an everyday player. He was 3-for-8 in the last two games of the NLCS, so perhaps his bat is waking up just in time for the World Series.

13. RF Shane Victorino, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    122.294/.351/.45147714026 215 618221

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.237/.341/.342389 1 0 1  84 2

     

    Player Overview

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Red Sox gave Shane Victorino a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason after what was one of the worst seasons of his career for the Phillies in 2012.

    He quickly proved the doubters wrong though, proving to be an integral member of the Red Sox offensive attack and playing a great right field. His 5.6 fWAR was second on the team to Jacoby Ellsbury (5.8), and he delivered the game-winning grand slam in the clinching Game 6 of the ALCS.

12. SP John Lackey, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    29/2910-133.52 1.1617940161189.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      2/2 2-03.00 1.1711 31412

     

    Player Overview

    After signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal prior to the 2010 season, John Lackey went a combined 26-23 with a 5.26 ERA in his first two seasons in Boston before missing all of 2012 with Tommy John surgery. A wild card entering the season, he enjoyed a terrific bounce-back year to help solidify the staff.

    He allowed seven hits and four runs in 5.1 innings of work in Game 2 of the ALDS, but turned in an absolute gem in his Game 3 ALCS outings against Justin Verlander. He allowed just four hits and no runs in 6.2 innings while striking out eight in what turned out to be a 1-0 Red Sox victory.

11. LF Matt Holliday, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    141.300/.389/.49052015631 122 94103 6

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.244/.261/.4444511  3 0 2  56 0

     

    Player Overview

    Matt Holliday ended the regular season on fire, hitting .378/.485/.598 with 23 RBI in 23 games in the month of September, and he's hit a pair of big home runs already this postseason.

    He was just 3-for-19 with zero RBI last time the Cardinals were in the World Series in 2011, so he'll be looking to redeem himself this time around. He's had good success against the Red Sox in limited action during his career, hitting .320/.358/.520 with seven extra-base hits in 12 games.

10. 2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    160.301/.372/.41564119342 2 9 849117

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.256/.311/.3083910 2 0 0  63 1

     

    Player Overview

    It was another terrific all-around season for Dustin Pedroia, as he remains one of the best second basemen in the game and the heart and soul of this veteran Red Sox lineup hitting out of the No. 3 spot.

    He managed just one RBI in the ALCS, striking out six times in 22 at-bats, but he's still a dangerous bat in the middle of the lineup. He's delivered big October hits in the past, and with Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino hitting ahead of him, he should find himself in some big RBI opportunities.

9. RP Trevor Rosenthal, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    75 2-4 3 292.63 1.10632010875.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    6 0-0 3  00.00 0.713 29 7

     

    Player Overview

    A setup man for most of the regular season, Trevor Rosenthal took over closer duties in the final week of the season, and he's been up to the task this offseason with three saves and seven scoreless innings.

    He doesn't do anything fancy on the mound, throwing his fastball 78.6 percent of the time at an average velocity of 97.3 during the regular season, according to FanGraphs. It's awfully effective though, as he can simply blow it by guys.

8. DH David Ortiz, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    137.309/.395/.56451816038 23010384 4

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.200/.349/.486357 1 0 3  75 1

     

    Player Overview

    Aside from his huge Game 2 grand slam in the ALCS, it's been a relatively quiet postseason for David Ortiz, but with his playoff track record and the solid numbers he put up during the regular season, he remains an incredibly dangerous threat in the middle of the Boston lineup.

    He was just 1-for-15 over the final four games of the ALCS and has looked overmatched by a good fastball for much of the postseason. He'll see no shortage of those against the Cardinals, but he remains capable of turning an entire series if he gets going.

7. RP Koji Uehara, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    73 4-121 131.09 0.5733 910174.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GW-LSVHLDERAWHIPHBBKIP
    8 1-1 5  01.00 0.565 013 9

     

    Player Overview

    When Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey went down with injuries, the Red Sox bullpen was in shambles early on this season, but Koji Uehara stepped into the ninth inning role and quickly turned it from a weakness to a strength.

    From the beginning of July until the end of the season, he was 17-of-18 on save chances with a 0.22 ERA, 0.35 WHIP and 11.6 K/9 and rattled off streak of 37 straight batters retired at one point. He claimed ALCS MVP honors by allowing just four hits in six scoreless innings on his way to three saves.

6. C Yadier Molina, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    136.319/.359/.47750516144 012 8068 3

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.256/.356/.3593910  1 0 1  24 0

     

    Player Overview

    Yadier Molina looked like a legitimate NL MVP candidate before losing two weeks to a knee injury at the end of August, and the Cardinals' struggles in his absence showed just how much he means to the success of the team.

    With seven pitcher 25 years old or younger on the playoff staff, it can't be understated what a great job Molina has done handling the pitchers all year. He has not done much offensively this postseason, but actually has one of the higher batting averages in what has been a subpar St. Louis offensive attack for the most part.

5. SP Jon Lester, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    33/3315-83.75 1.2920967177213.1

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/3 2-12.33 1.1916 71419.1

     

    Player Overview

    After a disappointing 2012 regular season in which he went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA, Jon Lester was a major X-factor for the Red Sox entering the season, and his return to form atop the Boston rotation was integral in their turnaround this season.

    He's now 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 11 career postseason games (nine starts), and he threw 5.2 innings of shutout ball in his only previous World Series start in 2007. He'll look to duplicate that success and take down Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in Game 1.

4. RF Carlos Beltran, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    145.296/.339/.49155416430 324 8479 2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    11.256/.383/.5383910  3 1 2 125 0

     

    Player Overview

    Even at 36, Carlos Beltran continues to take his game to another level in the postseason, as he's already come up with some huge hits this October to add to his already dazzling playoff resume.

    In 45 career postseason games, he's hit .337/.449/.724 with 16 home runs and 37 RBI, and he'll get his first taste of World Series action as he looks to add to those already impressive numbers. The Cardinals will have a big decision to make regarding whether or not to re-sign him in the offseason, but for now he's their biggest offensive weapon.

3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS

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    Regular-Season Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    134.298/.355/.42657717231 8 9 539252

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    GBA/OBP/SLGABH2B3BHRRBIRSB
    10.400/.467/.5254016 3 1 0  510 6

     

    Player Overview

    A free agent once the postseason wraps up, Jacoby Ellsbury may never against put up the numbers he did in 2011 (.928 OPS, 32 HR, 39 SB), but he proved once again this season to be one of the most dynamic leadoff men in the game.

    That has carried over to the postseason, where he has the highest batting average among regulars on either side of this World Series matchup. After leading the AL with 52 steals during the regular season, he's continued to wreak havoc on the basepaths as he continues to boost his free-agent stock.

2. SP Adam Wainwright, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
    34/3419-92.94 1.0722335219241.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/3 2-11.57 0.7817 12023

     

    Player Overview

    Though it's been Michael Wacha who has stolen the show this postseason, if the Cardinals had one game to win, the ball would still likely be in the hands of Adam Wainwright, as he's been one of the few legitimate aces in the league this season.

    He threw a gem in the NLDS clincher and will look to get things rolling with a strong start in Game 1 against Jon Lester in what will be his first start at Fenway Park as well as against the Red Sox.

1. SP Michael Wacha, STL

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    Regular-Season Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
     15/9 4-12.78 1.1052196564.2

     

    Cumulative Postseason Stats

    G/GSW-LERAWHIPHBBKIP
      3/3 3-00.43 0.578 42221

     

    Player Overview

    Though he made just nine starts during the regular season and didn't join the Cardinals rotation full-time until September, it is not out of line to say that at this very moment in time, Michael Wacha is the best pitcher in baseball.

    Dating back to his final start of the regular season when he allowed just one hit in 8.2 innings of work, Wacha has allowed just nine hits and one earned run in his last 29.2 innings of work. That included outdueling Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLCS to claim MVP honors, and he'll be looking to continue his run of dominance in the World Series.