MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals, World Series Game 4

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will meet up in Game 4 of the 2013 World Series Sunday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX from Busch Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia expects the club to bounce back in Game 4
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia expects the club to bounce back in Game 4

Boston has put together a 17-14 all-time record on the road in the Fall Classic, but it suffered a 5-4 defeat to St. Louis as -104 underdogs in Game 3 Saturday night, while going OVER the betting total of 7.  “We lost a tough game, but this won’t stop us,” stated Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.  With the series continuing in a National League ballpark the next two games—designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to continue manning first base, which leaves Mike Napoli on the bench for pinch-hitting duties.  Boston is 37-14 in its last 51 games following a SU loss.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz hasn’t earned a decision while compiling a 5.40 ERA in three postseason efforts, which includes allowing two runs and four hits in five innings in a 5-2 home victory over the Tigers on Oct. 19.  The right-hander went 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in seven road outings during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .187 against him.  Buchholz will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career.

St. Louis owns a 2-1 advantage in this series, which is a huge edge considering the last 12 teams to win Game 3 in a World Series that opened with a 1-1 split has gone on to win the title 11 times  The Cardinals are 58-57 in games played during the Fall Class, including a 31-26 mark at home.  St. Louis is 20-6 at this venue in its last 26 contests when facing an opponent with a winning record.

Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three appearances during the 2013 MLB playoffs, including a 4-2 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 15.  The right-hander went 9-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 home starts during the regular season, surrendering just three home runs in 102 combined frames.  Lynn will be taking on the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 6-2 in Buchholz’ last eight road starts versus teams with a winning home record.

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