The 2011 World Series has been anything but a disappointment. Baseball’s two hottest teams have found themselves in a legitimate and even fight for this year’s championship. Say what you want about whom you think should have made the World Series, or who the best team was this year cumulatively, but right now it is clear to any objective observer that we are witnessing the two best teams in baseball right now.
After 4 games, we are locked in a 2-2 tie, leaving three games to decide this year’s champion. Both teams have every reason to be confident in their ability to win it all this year, and one of those reasons is the excellent hitting that both teams boast. Much can be said about the lineups that the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox and even the Brewers boasted this year, but these two teams are stacked with power and potency. The Rangers have been known for their power all year as they led the Major Leagues in hitting with a .283 average for the season and only trailed the Yankees in Home Runs this year with 210.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, are not as well noted for their potency and productivity yet they ended up with the 5th best team average in baseball, which was best in the National League this year. The Cardinals have shown throughout these playoffs that they can bang the ball out with anyone, and in prototypical LaRussa-led form, they can hit well situationally and execute well.
Going into this mini best of three series, I believe there are 10 key players that are most likely to play a large part in the pending result of this series. Both lineups are stacked, and several players are on fire. Here are the 10 most likely players that could end up using their power to become hero of this year’s World Series.