With the Boston Red Sox taking Game 1 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are already in the hole.
But with at least three more games left to come back, the Red Birds should not be fretting for a variety of reasons, one of which could be some non-surface statistical advantages.
While World Series victories are more or less contingent on the good play of individual matchups, some advanced and peripheral statistics could indicate otherwise unaccounted for strengths.
Metrics like FIP (Field Independent Pitching), a bullpen’s collective fastball value (wFB) and all-inclusive defense metrics (UZR/150) only add to the “who will win?” conversation.
Read on to see the full explanation of these advanced/peripheral statistics that could help determine the 2013 World Series champion.