This World Series features a meeting of the top offenses in each league. The Cardinals and Red Sox each led their leagues in on-base percentage and runs per game in the regular season. When Boston and St. Louis met in the World Series in 2004, they were the first pair of World Series teams to lead their leagues in run scoring since the Reds and Yankees met in 1976. Since then, the Yankees and Phillies also met in 2009 as their league’s best run scorers.
However, both teams have seen their offenses regress significantly against better pitching in the postseason. The Cardinals are hitting .210 in the postseason, with the Red Sox not much better at .236. The Cards are averaging 3.8 runs per game and the Red Sox 4.5.
The Cardinals set a new standard for performance with runners in scoring position this season, hitting .330 during the regular season, the highest BA/RISP since the Elias Sports Bureau began recording the stat in 1961. And after a brutal NLDS (.185) in terms of hitting with runners in scoring position, they were right back at it in the NLCS (.349).
The Cardinals will be getting back Allen Craig, who led all of baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position this season at .454 (59 hits in 130 ABs with RISP).