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Cardinals take momentum into World Series Game 4

Oct 27, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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WORLD SERIES GAME 4: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97)

It took an unprecedented finish to Game 3 – a walk-off obstruction call win – for the Cardinals to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series, but now they find themselves with a golden opportunity to put the Red Sox on the ropes. Boston now turns to Clay Buchholz whose status was in question for several days due to tightness in his right shoulder. He’ll give it a shot tonight in what could exhaust all he has left in his arm.

Buchholz was effective his last time out in Game 6 of the ALDS against the Tigers, but his velocity dropped dramatically late in the game. He was limited to 85 pitches that day and could be under the same restrictions tonight. If the Cardinals can inflate his pitch count early on, we may not see much of Buchholz at all.

Meanwhile, St. Louis will trot out Lance Lynn who has also been shaky this October. He holds a 5.40 ERA through three postseason games, and despite getting the win his last time out, he wasn’t exactly dominant. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS despite Lynn leaving after 5 1/3 innings. He allowed nine baserunners on six hits and three walks, but did limit the damage with two runs allowed.

Playing at home with two consecutive wins, the Cardinals now have to win two of four to take home their 12th World Series title. They have a chance to end the series in St. Louis because of the 2-3-2 scheduling format. Will they capitalize?

  1. natsfan1a - Oct 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Yawn. And not because I stayed up late to watch, because I didn’t. Not that I have any Redbird issues, mind you. Well, okay. Maybe I do have a few of them. Okay. A lot. I have a lot of issues. About the Redbirds. Anyhoo…

  2. Joe Seamhead - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    1a, it was a great game. I went on a Red Sox blog this morning and they should have been serving cheese with all of the whine that was being poured in the Red Sox Nation!

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Um, here’s the thing. I kind of did stay up and watch last night. Yeah. Well, I kind of clicked between that and The Dark Knight, until the movie was over. Then I watched the rest of the game. Yawn. Oh, and Gomes, you magnificent b******. I read your book! Well, I would have, if you’d written one. Yawn. I need some coffee. Then, I might go read some Redbird blogs. Anyhoo…

  4. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Ah, so it’s not just me with the “Cardinals Fatigue” syndrome. My Chicago-now-Denver baseball buddy comes by hers naturally, as a Cubs fan.

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/seeing-red-for-some-cardinals-fatigue-has-set-in/article_e57f3cd3-56cb-514e-af9c-237029ed15cc.html

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    hmmm…blog comments from the “best fans in baseball” sound kind of like blog comments from here or probably any other team’s blog after a loss. Funny how that works (and they even mention cheese and whine for bonus points).

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/bernie-a-deserving-defeat-for-cardinals/article_e4317ccd-9f68-5133-af9c-49372aa55b9c.html?mode=comments

  6. Candide - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Note to the Nats pitching staff: Now do you understand why you want to try to hold runners on?

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