St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction World Series Game Three - 10/26/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Busch Stadium)
Jake Peavy (R) (12-6) (4.402) vs. Joe Kelly (R) (9-4) (2.613)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -107 / Boston Red Sox -103 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The World Series heads to Busch Stadium where the Cardinals and Red Sox clash in game three.
The Cardinals erased the memory of a dreadful performance in game one with a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox in game two to even the series at 1-1. St Louis struggled to hit, field and pitch in an 8-1 defeat in the opener but did an about face Thursday to avoid an 0-2 hole. The Redbirds received another steller effort on the mound from rookie Michael Wacha who allowed a David Ortiz two run homer through six frames to pick up the win. That gave Boston a 2-1 lead before the Cards scored three times in the 7th. The bats produced seven hits and walked three times with runs plated on a ground out, sac fly, error and a Carlos Beltran base hit. The Red Sox turn to Jake Peavy for the game three start on Saturday. Peavy struggled in his lone start versus Detroit in the ALCS with seven runs plated on five hits and three BB over three frames of a 7-3 defeat.
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After dominating every phase of the game in the series opener it was Boston that struggled at the plate and with the gloves to miss out on a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 WS lead. In the process a strong performance on the mound and a late lead went by the wayside as it's now the Red Sox that must find a way to regroup in game number three on the Cardinals home turf. Starter John Lackey took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and a pair of bases on balls through 6.1 innings with Craig Breslow allowing an unearned run in 1/3 of an inning. The big Boston offense mustered four hits and walked four times and appeared to have this one in the bag when David Ortiz swatted a two run jack in the 6th for a short lived 2-1 lead. St Louis turns to Joe Kelley for his third start of the postseason when he faces Boston Saturday. Kelley absorbed a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers with four runs given up on seven hits including a pair of homers over five frames.
Peavy is aggressive which can make him vulnerable at times and we have seen Kelly get hit in the postseason already. I'm torn on a side but may be lean St Louis but I probably would prefer the over if 7 or 7.5.