MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 2013 World Series Game 5

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

The St. Louis Cardinals will be playing their final game of 2013 at Busch Stadium Monday night
The St. Louis Cardinals will be playing their final game of 2013 at Busch Stadium Monday night

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.

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