World Series 2013: Overreactions Fans Should Avoid Making After Game 1
St. Louis fans will certainly have some concerns after their team's poor performance, but there is no need for them to overact.
While the Red Sox have set the tone for the series, the Cardinals are certainly more than capable of bringing the World Series trophy back to St. Louis once everything is said and done.
Worrying About Pete Kozma's Defense
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Baseball players occasionally have bad games, and unfortunately for Pete Kozma, he had one of his in Game 1 of the World Series. Kozma made errors in each of the game's first two innings which led to runs for the Boston Red Sox.
This should not be cause for concern moving forward, as Kozma has been a strong defensive presence for the Cardinals in the past. In fact, Kozma's defense was a big factor for the Cardinals in the NLCS, as outlined by Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today.
Kozma should turn things around during the remainder of the series and be an important piece of the Cardinals defense up the middle.
Fretting Carlos Beltran's Rib Injury
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In the second inning of Game 1, Carlos Beltran made an outstanding catch to take a home run away from David Ortiz, but the grab resulted in a rib injury as he slammed into the wall. Beltran has already taken X-rays, and after getting a negative result, he is listed as day-to-day, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (h/t Tony Lee of ESPN.com).
Beltran has been an absolute star in the postseason during his career, hitting .337 with 16 home runs entering the 2013 World Series. St. Louis needs him on the field.
Elite athletes find a way to work through injuries in big games, and Beltran should continue that trend. While he may not be at 100 percent during the series, he will still make a big impact.
Being Concerned About Adam Wainwright
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Adam Wainwright did not bring his best stuff with him to Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox were able to take advantage of him. Additionally, it did not help that the defense behind him was inconsistent.
If the St. Louis Cardinals are going to win the title, they are going to have to turn to Wainwright at least once more in the series. Fans should not be concerned about his performance heading into that start.
In his three previous postseason starts this year, Wainwright allowed just four runs in 23 innings while striking out 20. He also came into the playoffs on a roll, winning four of his last five starts during the regular season.
Wainwright should return to his winning ways the next time he steps on the mound for the Cardinals.