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Red Sox look to put Cardinals away in World Series Game 6

Oct 30, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

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Series: Red Sox lead 3-2
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 48 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: STL – Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13, 3.52)

After falling down 1-2 in the 2013 World Series, the Red Sox have stormed back to send this one back to Boston with a 3-2 lead. They now have two games at Fenway to clinch their third world championship in the last ten years.

The Red Sox have taken control over the series thanks to their pitching staff. Over the last two games, the Cardinals have combined for just three runs off ten hits. Somebody other than Matt Holliday will have to step up for St. Louis as in two of their losses this series, the outfielder has produced the team’s only run.

Tonight it will be John Lackey trying to close it out for the Red Sox as he makes his fifth appearance of this postseason. Lackey was shaky in his first game against the Rays in the ALDS, but has since recovered to put together a solid October. He’s held a 3.26 ERA through 19 1/3 innings and in two World Series games so far he’s allowed three runs in 7 1/3 frames.

For the Cardinals it will be Michael Wacha who is undefeated in four career playoff games, all in this postseason. He’s been October’s breakout star with a 1.00 ERA through 27 total innings and will look to keep his team alive. Nothing has rattled the rookie so far, but now he goes up against the Red Sox in Fenway with the Cardinals’ season on the line. It should be fun to watch.

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I still think Cards will win this series. Wacha will win tonight and then Cards rarely lose deciding games.

    • David Proctor - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      re: your post in the other thread about posters, it really has gone down. Regulars like MNF and Swami seem to be gone.

      • ArVAFan - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        I suspect some is the new format, some is that there isn’t as much to argue about/discuss. Wait until there are some roster moves or controversial comments by a player or manager and we’ll see if the discussion livens up.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I agree with ArVAFan but I think we can attribute more than some to the new format. Posts had gone down just after the transition but now it is lower.

    • sjm308 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Don’t forget that the way our season ended was also a downer. Who wants to comment on disappointments.

  3. jeremymclane - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Wow. Really good and in depth post about the game tonight. Personally, I want the Cardinals to win, but that’s just me. A game 7 would be sweet. I think that Wacha Defiantly has what it takes to take his team to game 7, but will Ortiz come up big for the win? Can’t wait to find out, and, again, great post and article about tonight’s game!

  4. sjm308 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    FYI – we have been in Boston all this week & it is nuts here! Saw Air Force 1 land while we were out on the water today. Lots of comments since I am wearing my red Nats jacket & alternate away hat. Sox have this game under control. I can’t wait to watch the city go crazy!!

  5. sjm308 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    People on here constantly rag on Soriano. Just read a good article about the work he does in the Dominican, coaching youth and serving in the Dominican Air Force. He could get promoted to Captain by Spring training.

  6. ArVAFan - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    So Wacha is human after all. Good to know for next year: somehow I think we’ll have another encounter with him.

    • Candide - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      I hope the Nats’ coaches are all reviewing every single pitch the Sox pitchers threw the last three games. Holding the highest-scoring team in baseball to four runs in three games…

  7. slidell2 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I don’t know why the new format should have changed things very much, though one does wonder when comparing some of the humungous numbers that Kilgore, et al, are putting up. Their format still isn’t anything to write home about.
    Anyway, the Matt Williams hire announcement stories drew 449 responses there, 67 here.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      maybe people don’t like change.

  8. David Proctor - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    David Ortiz had 8 walks in the World Series. Steve Lombardozzi had 8 walks this year in 307 plate appearances.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Come on David. Comparing Ortiz with Lombo? Lombo haters wouldn’t do that.

  9. natsfan1a - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Wow, it’s almost like the Sox smelled blood, and the Cards guys had a, I don’t know, deer in the headlights look or something. My only regret is that there weren’t more shots of boo-boo faces in the Cards dugout. Oh, and Tim, btw, it’s “quirk,” just plain “quirk.” That is all. Oh, and have a nice retirement.

  10. sjm308 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Reporting live from downtown Boston. I am safely 15 floors above Fanieul Hall listening to a crowd outside The Black Rose sing, yell and chant. All of it in great fun and I love that every now & then “Yankees suck” gets thrown in. Horns are honking as well, going to be a long night

  11. Joe Seamhead - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Yawn…The highlight of this series was an obstruction call.
    I really don’t care for the new format here. It’s clunky and lacks a smooth flow, IMHO.

  12. momhw - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    What is it with “Mr. Stoneface” Mike Matheny and staring at the post-game Red Sox celebration after winning the world series? He did the same thing after the first game sloppy loss. He must have a personality, so maybe he was just practicing for his zombie role on Halloween. I was personally thrilled to see the Cardinals lose, almost as much as seeing the Braves not even make it to the WS.





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