The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox will meet up in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox
St. Louis dropped two of its three home games in this best-of-seven series, as it tries to force a decisive Game 7 with a victory in tonight’s contest. The Cardinals have been limited to 13 runs in the first five games, with outfielder Carlos Beltran still suffering from soreness in his rib area. The team’s plan didn’t take off from St. Louis until 9:10 p.m. ET last night, which could play a factor in the outcome of this contest, with the roster not arriving at a Boston hotel until just before midnight.
Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four postseason starts, with opposing hitters batting .122 against him. The right-hander earned a 4-2 road victory over the Red Sox in Game 2 last Thursday, as he allowed two runs and three hits over six innings of work. Wacha went 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA in five road appearances (three starts) during the regular season.
Boston is one victory away from securing its eighth World Series title, as the franchise would become the first in MLB to win three championships since 2000. The Red Sox have a losing 7-9 all-time record in potential clinching games in the Fall Classic, as they attempt to win such a game in front of the home fans for the first time in 95 years. Designated hitter David Ortiz is the man to watch offensively, as he’s reached base in 15 of 20 plate appearances over the first five games.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in four appearances during the 2013 MLB playoffs, which includes an inning of shutout relief in St. Louis Sunday. The right-hander suffered a loss against Wacha in their first matchup, as he surrendered three runs and five hits over 6.1 frames. In 13 home outings during the regular season, Lackey produced a solid 6-3 record and 2.47 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 38-13 record in their last 51 games as a home favorite.