ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Following a 9-0 loss in Game 7, Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman gave his opinion on which team would win the World Series and what he thinks of the American League.
Berkman, who spent most of the season injured, thinks the Tigers will beat the Giants in “five or six” games because the Giants won’t be able to use their top two starting pitchers, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain, in the first two games of the World Series. Vogelsong and Cain started Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS, respectively.
That is Berkman’s realistic guess, but don’t let it fool you.
"[Justin] Verlander and [Doug] Fister will benefit from pitching here. I am an NL guy. I hope the National League team wins, but my head tells me it is going to be tough for them," Berkman told Danny Knobler, of CBSSports.com.
Knobler notes that Berkman spent his entire career minus three month in the National League. He played for the Yankees in 2010.
"It only cemented my opinion that the AL is Mickey Mouse and the National League is real baseball," Berkman added.
He also stated that he “hates” the DH and acknowledged the position might be able to extend his career. (Hint to any AL teams looking for some power and experience)
Berkman blasted 33 home runs and batted .295 in 177 games with the Cardinals over the past two seasons. Injuries limited him to only 37 games this season.