World Series lineups: Xander Bogaerts bats seventh for Game 1

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Xander Bogaerts will bat seventh as the Red Sox welcome the Cardinals into Fenway Park for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.

In just a few short hours, the Red Sox and Cardinals will take the field at Fenway Park, kicking off the 2013 World Series, entrusting their hopes for a championship to the following lineups:

Boston Red Sox (0-0)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Jonny Gomes, LF
  7. Xander Bogaerts, 3B
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. David Ross, C

Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester

St. Louis Cardinals (0-0)

  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Allen Craig, DH
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Matt Adams, 1B
  8. Shane Robinson, CF
  9. Pete Kozma, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Adam Wainwright

So we've got Jonny Gomes against a righty, David Ross in to catch Lester, Stephen Drew and Xander Bogaerts on the left side. All exactly as expected based on John Farrell's comments over the past few days. If there's anything notable about this, it's that Bogaerts has, with his ALCS performance, forced a move up to the seven spot in the order to seventh.

As for the Cardinals, it's a lineup that looks awfully dangerous until the bottom couple, but with one significant asterisk: the Cardinals just aren't that good against southpaws with just an 88 wRC+ on the season. That's a bit decieving--the top six of the order are still above-average hitters even against southpaws, though Beltran just barely. But Jon Lester should have a small added advantage over his fellow rotation members in the games to come.

The Red Sox? Their splits are fine. The only question is if they can put their performance at the plate in the ALCS behind them.

Here's hoping.

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