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Wacha takes mound in Game 2 of World Series

Oct 24, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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WORLD SERIES GAME 2: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT BOSTON RED SOX

Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 47 degrees, wind 16 mph
Starting pitchers: STL – Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78)) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13, 3.52)

The Cardinals and Red Sox entered Wednesday’s Game 1 billed as two teams so close in talent it was nearly impossible to call a winner. So, naturally, the game ended in a blowout and now St. Louis will turn to a rookie pitcher to prevent an 0-2 deficit before they head home for Games 3 and 4.

That rookie, however, is not your average youngster. Michael Wacha has been the most dominant pitcher of any this postseason and has a major opportunity to cement his legend as a star of October. Tonight the 22-year-old will take the mound at Fenway Park in the World Series just a day after his counterpart Adam Wainwright got blasted for five runs (three earned) in the second worst outing of his playoff career. Can he get the Cardinals back on track?

Wacha has been exceptional through three starts this postseason, allowing just one run on eight hits through 21 innings. The Red Sox have never faced him before which will certainly make matters even more difficult. He already throws high 90s and has what some call the best changeup in the American League.

But the Red Sox have already beaten several pitchers this postseason with resumés that make Wacha’s look pedestrian. They beat Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer despite excellent starts by the pitchers, and last night topped Wainwright. Wacha is going up against a lineup that is extremely confident right now, and one that certainly won’t be impressed by a wunderkind pitcher. The momentum is certainly in Boston’s favor and it’s up to a rookie to get his team back in order.

  1. Candide - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    He already throws high 90s and has what some call the best changeup in the American League.

    I bet he doesn’t.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Does interleague play count?

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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