The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will meet up in Game 5 of the 2013 World Series Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX from Busch Stadium
Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Boston picked up a 4-2 victory against St. Louis in Game 4 Sunday night—evening the 109th World Series at two games apiece in the best-of-seven series. “Even Steven,” commented Red Sox first baseman. The Red Sox have gone 9-5 during their 2013 MLB playoff run, with five of their wins being of the come-from-behind variety. The club is 48-40 away from Fenway Park since the start of the regular season, including a 4-3 mark during the postseason. Boston is 83-33 in its last 116 interleague games when taking on a right-handed starter.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester owns a 2.07 ERA in 10 career postseason starts, including a 3-1 mark and 1.67 ERA in four efforts in 2013. The left-hander has thrown 13.1 scoreless career innings in the Fall Classic, while compiling a 2.12 ERA in six road outings (five starts) during postseason play. Lester’s five career playoff wins are the most ever by a Boston southpaw thrower.
St. Louis has an overall record of 13-17 in Game 5 action, including a 6-10 mark in World Series play. The Cardinals are trying to secure their 12th title in franchise history, as they played in front of a Busch Stadium-record crowd of 47,459 last night. Offensively, the team will need a big game from outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is 8 for 10 with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position during this current playoff run. St. Louis is 6-1 in its last seven games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in eight postseason home games over the course of his career, including a 6-1 clinching win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the NL Division Series. The right-hander went 9-6 with a 2.53 ERA in 17 home appearances during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .217 against him. Wainwright suffered an 8-1 road defeat to the Red Sox in the opening game of this series last Wednesday.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 13-5-2 in the Cardinals’ last 20 games versus southpaw starters.