The Red Sox are one game up in the series and consecutive victories at Fenway Park would make it virtually impossible for the Cardinals to rebound. One man stands between Boston and a bid of winning another World Series, and this is St. Louis’ starting pitcher Michael Wacha.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.91
What the pitcher lacks in experience, he compensates in enthusiasm and is the only one to have won three consecutive decisions in the playoffs. His ERA is a remarkable 0.43, much better than his counterpart’s 2.00, although John Lackey has two victories for the Red Sox. The two starting pitchers will square off tonight, with Wacha having a slight edge in the first innings, but has to battle an impressive batting unit that has suddenly come to life.
Nobody expected Adam Wainwright to concede five runs in just two innings and to be retired after five, but that’s what happened in the opening game of the series. Boston scored an additional three when relievers stepped on the mound, which greatly amplifies the pressure on Wacha. David Ortiz broke out of the funk and gave the Red Sox an early advantage and much to his credit, John Lester didn’t squander it. Lackey will require a similar support from his offensive if he is to add his third consecutive decision, after three disappointing years marked by injuries and mediocre performances.
At the first glance, this game could be regarded as a coin flip, with Boston having in-form sluggers, while the visitors have a tiny an edge in terms of pitching. The manner in which the Red Sox dismantled Adam Wainwright in the opening game is a good incentive for punters to back the home team at odds of 1.91 with Winner Sports.