In a series of teams as tightly matched as the Red Sox and Cardinals, the games can come down to who makes a mistake in the wrong time. That was certainly present in Game 6 of the ALCS, when the normally sure-handed Jose Iglesias bobbled a possible double-play ball that could have ended the seventh inning with the Tigers leading 2-1. Instead, it loaded the bases for Shane Victorino, who blasted a grand slam into the Green Monster seats to turn the tide in the game and help send the Red Sox to the World Series.
In the playoffs, the Cardinals have 424 total defensive chances and committed just three errors: one by Matt Carpenter, one by Pete Kozma, and one by David Freese. As a team, the Cardinals hold a .993 fielding percentage for the playoffs.
The Red Sox have been similarly steady in the field, committing just three errors themselves in 365 total chances, with only two coming from everyday players. Shane Victorino and Stephen Drew each have one, while pitcher Brandon Workman has the third. The Red Sox’ postseason fielding percentage is just a tick lower than that of the Cardinals, standing at .992 heading into the World Series. The Red Sox lead all postseason teams in double plays with 16. The Cardinals have turned 15.