Oct 28, 2013, 5:22 PM EST
WORLD SERIES GAME 5: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 56 degrees, wind 6 mph
Starting pitchers: BOS – Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75) / STL – Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94)
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the World Series produces two back-to-back games with unorthodox endings, leaving the baseball world with two teams deadlocked as they head into Game 5. Now both the Red Sox and Cardinals turn to their best playoff pitchers in a duel between two veterans with a combined 29 postseason appearances.
The Red Sox have to be confident heading into tonight with Jon Lester on the mound. The lefty has been dominant this October and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 1/3 career World Series innings. He helped Boston take Game 1 with 7 2/3 frames of brilliance, with eight strikeouts and just six baserunners allowed.
Lester’s made four starts in this year’s playoffs and all have been excellent. The only loss came in Game 1 of the ALCS when he allowed one run through 6 1/3 in an eventual 1-0 Tigers win.
Adam Wainwright has a strong history in the playoffs as well, but he did struggle his last time out in Game 1. He gave up three runs through five innings but two other unearned runs came across with him on the mound. That was his second-worst playoff start in 17 total games, the only worse one coming at Nationals Park last year.
The 32 year old Wainwright will need to somehow slow down David Ortiz who has eight hits and four walks through four games this series. He’s getting on base at a .750 clip and far outplaying his teammates. If Wainwright can contain Big Papi, he may find a solution to the Red Sox attack.
For Lester it will be about controlling the meat of the Cardinals’ order. Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig have combined for 20 hits through four games. They have failed to cash in completely as the Cards are only averaging four runs per game in the series, but they could be ready to break out in a big way.
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