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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates as Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out as the Cardinals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

World Series Preview Part 2: Stats Don’t Lie; St. Louis Earned Their Spot In The Series

In this second installment of a three-part sequence previewing the 2013 World Series, a look at the St. Louis Cardinals and their consistent success.

10/22/2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: David Ortiz #34 and manager John Farrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games.

World Series Preview Part 1: What Went Wrong In Boston And What Went Right

In this first installment of a three-part sequence previewing the 2013 World Series, a look at the Boston Red Sox and their extraordinary season.

10/21/2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Detroit Bullpen Falters Again, Hands Boston ALCS

The Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series with a Game Six win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, marking the second time in the matchup that the Detroit bullpen couldn’t hold a late-inning lead at Fenway Park.

10/20/2013

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18: Jason Motte #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after the Cardinals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cardinals Blast Dodgers En Route To Fourth World Series In Ten Years

The St. Louis Cardinals truly have established themselves as the model National League franchise, with their fourth league pennant since 2004, and they’ll shoot for their third World Series title in that time frame next week.

10/19/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22: Rain falls as Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals and the rest of the Cardinals dugout watches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cardinals Fall In Game 5, Will They Repeat 2012 NLCS Collapse?

The St. Louis Cardinals lost 3 straight in 2012 to get eliminated. Can they avoid the same fate in 2013 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

10/17/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Does Beating Verlander in Game 3 Mean Boston Will Win ALCS?

John Lackey out-pitched Justin Verlander — albeit not by much — to help the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 1-0, in Game Three.

10/16/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is unable to make a catch on a single hit by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Why the Dodgers Game 3 Win over the Cardinals in NLCS Was Critical

Game Three is always the important game of any seven-game series. By winning it Monday night, the Dodgers stay very much alive in NLCS.

10/15/2013

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Detroit Tigers Need to Remember their Past in Order to Change their Future

In 2006 and 2012, Detroit swept the ALCS only to wait around for their NL opponent. And then the Tigers lost the World Series.

10/14/2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 12: Fans look on following Game One of the American League Championship Series, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park on October 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Home Field Only an Advantage to St. Louis, Unkind to Boston in LCS Matchups

The St. Louis Cardinals win back-to-back home games started by Los Angeles aces Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw, while Boston gets no-hit for eight-plus innings in losing to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

10/13/2013

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A’s Eliminated By Detroit Yet Again

Oakland didn’t get a hit until the seventh inning, and even though the team brought the tying run at the plate in the ninth with two outs, it wasn’t meant to be for the AL West champs this year. Again.

10/10/2013

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 05: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after closing out the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Oakland, California.

A’s Name Gray to Start Game Five as Oakland Hopes to Break ALDS Hex

Once again, it’s an elimination game at home for the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum on Thursday night, and they’re starting a rookie against Justin Verlander.

10/09/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A’s Fall Short In Game Four But All Is Not Lost

Oakland was just nine outs away from getting to the American League Championship Series for only the second time since 1992, but the bullpen couldn’t keep it together.

10/09/2013

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