St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction World Series Game Four - 10/27/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Busch Stadium)
Clay Buchholz (R) (12-1) (2.232) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (16-11) (4.089)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -110 / Boston Red Sox +100 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox take the field in game four of the World Series on Sunday.
In one of the more memorable finishes in World Series history, the Red Sox fell to the Cardinals 5-4 on an obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks in the bottom of the 9th. Boston simply wouldn't go away as they twice rallied from two run deficits only to lose in hearbreaking fashion. Starter Jake Peavy had a bit of an uneven start with two runs allowed on six hits over four frames before Craig Breslow gave up two in the 6th without recording an out. Brandon Workman took the loss when Allen Craig was ruled safe when he was tripped up at third when a throw from Jarrod Saltalamacchia sailed in to left where Daniel Nava fired the ball home in time but for naught. Boston totaled six hits and walked four times with Nava driving in runs with a single and ground out. Red Sox hand the ball to Clay Buchholz in game number four for his first career start against St Louis. Buchholz did not receive a decision in a 5-2 victory over Detroit where he gave up both runs in five frames.
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Good fortune was on the Cardinals side Saturday with the wild finish giving the Redbirds game three and a 2-1 series lead heading in to a crucial fourth game Sunday. In the end the Cards pitching and hitting was better by the smallest of margins mixed in with some good luck. Starter Joe Kelley appeared to be in line for the win with a pair of runs given up on two hits while striking out six through 5.2 innings. Carlos Martinez gave up a pair of 8th inning runs on a hit and walk before Trevor Rosenthal picked up the victory with 1.2 frames of one hit ball. The Redbirds pounded out 12 hits and walked four times with Matt Holliday recording a pair of hits and knocking in three with Yadier Molina singling in another before Jon Jay hit in to the FC that led to Saltalamacchia throwing the ball in to left after tagging out Molina at home and the rest was history. Lance Lynn toes the rubber versus the dangerous Red Sox lineup Sunday in game four. Lynn was an important member of the Redbirds pitching staff against the Dodgers in the NLCS when he picked up a win in relief and as a starter.
I don't know if St Louis has momentum heading in to Sunday and if they did would it matter if Buchholz is at the top of his game? I was leaning Boston or over and I'm not sold on which is safer...