Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction World Series Game Two - 10/24/13
St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) at Boston Red Sox (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Fenway Park)
Michael Wacha (R) (6-1) (2.160) vs. John Lackey (R) (12-13) (3.487)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -110 / St. Louis Cardinals +100 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals look to even the World Series with Boston on Thursday night.
St Louis had their ace on the mound and plenty of big bats ready to wreak havoc on Boston pitching but they didn't bring their gloves with three errors. In fact it could be argued that the stage was too big for the Cardinals who struggled on both the mound and at the plate in an 8-1 defeat in the WS opener. Starter Adam Wainwright simply didn't have his good stuff with his control a bit off with five runs given up on six hits (three earned) with three relievers allowing runs as well. The early offensive burst by Boston was too much for the Redbirds to counter with their seven hit, one walk attack that mustered a solo homer off the bat of Matt Holliday in the ninth. The Cardinals send rookie sensation Michael Wacha to the bump who is looking for his fourth win of the postseason. In three previous wins Wacha has allowed only a single run over 21 innings pitched.
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The Red Sox hit and pitched their way past St Louis to win the opener of the World Series and took advantage of Cardinals mistakes as well, not that they needed any help. Lefty Jon Lester was as good as we have seen him with a with five hits and a base on balls allowed through 7.2 frames while recording eight strikeouts to pick up the game one victory. The Boston offense racked up a 5-0 lead after two innings as they were in cruise control after that. The Red Sox finished with eight hits and walked once with David Ortiz clubbing a two run bomb in the seventh and driving in three while Mike Napoli drove in three with a bases loaded double in the very first inning. Veteran John Lackey gets his third start of the playoffs when he toes the rubber versus the Cardinals on Thursday. Lackey was outstanding in a 1-0 victory at Detroit with four hits allowed over 6.2 frames while whiffing eight.
Obviously game two is crucial to both teams and probably more so to St Louis who don't want to fall in to a 2-0 hole. Is the stage to big for Wacha or does the veteran Lackey come through? I'm sleeping on this but for now I'll back the visitors but I want to see how Beltran is...