Oct 24, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT
WORLD SERIES GAME 2: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT BOSTON RED SOX
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
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.
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