Skipper expects 'tremendous' World Series

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't one of those skippers that doesn't watch the playoffs just because his team isn't in it. He said this week that he's watched all of the postseason and is expecting a great World Series between Boston and St. Louis. Game 1 is tonight at Fenway Park.

"I think it’s going to be a tremendous series," Washington said. "They are the two best teams because they are the teams at the end. Both teams have great bullpens. Both teams have starting pitching. Both teams have difference makers. [It] should be a great World Series."

Washington wouldn't predict a winner, saying that he never does that. But he'll be watching to see how it all plays out. And you can bet he'll be keeping an eye on his former players. First baseman Mike Napoli has had some clutch hits this postseason for the Red Sox. Reliever Koji Uehara has used his devastating splitter to become a dominant closer. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a walk-off hit to his name in these playoffs as well.