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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -190

-1.5  +165



ST LOUIS (104 - 69) at BOSTON (104 - 68)
No Previous GameNo Next Game
Wednesday, 10/23/2013 8:05 PM
World Series - Best of 7 - Game 1
Board OpeningLatest
951ST LOUIS+115Ov 7,-125+110Ov 7,-115
952BOSTON-125Un 7,+105-120Un 7,-105
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games104-69+14.585-804.80.2650.3243.60.2460.303
Road Games45-41-0.947-364.90.2600.3204.00.2620.321
vs Left-handed Starters22-25-10.620-243.90.2460.3043.60.2430.303
Past 7 Games5-2+3.63-43.90.2200.2852.00.2160.255
Grass Games104-69+14.585-804.80.2650.3243.60.2460.303
Night Games68-48+3.951-574.70.2680.3293.70.2430.299
Playoff games7-4+3.46-53.80.2100.2812.50.2070.259
ST LOUIS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.80.2650.324173591415694901330.0278351611914711511847919241
Road Games4.90.2600.320863035789256710.024012666622558394419621
Lefty Starters3.90.2460.304471560383126300.02176131323133084622537
ST LOUIS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.351.217505.31991884593915647221-20471872.3%
Road Games3.111.232246898523021732219-11191065.5%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games104-68+22.479-845.20.2750.3434.00.2480.313
Home Games57-29+1537-445.20.2830.3503.90.2420.305
vs Right-handed Starters69-46+14.456-535.30.2740.3444.10.2490.314
Past 7 Games5-2+32-33.10.2030.2862.70.2460.301
Grass Games92-60+17.369-745.30.2800.3464.10.2490.313
Night Games73-53+10.564-555.30.2760.3434.20.2510.317
Playoff games7-3+45-34.50.2360.3163.00.2420.304
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.20.2750.343172597716415991840.038596191414133128216583157136
Home Games5.20.2830.350862895818323870.034352996896061683497577
Righty Starters5.30.2740.344115401911014031210.035794289721018801135710488
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.531.3015022081974694818449233-23382362.3%
Home Games3.451.31824510194235238822718-9191163.3%
ST LOUIS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
10/9/2013WAINWRIGHT(R)PITTSBURGHCOLE(R)6-1W-1606.5 unO960851
10/11/2013KELLY(R)LA DODGERSGREINKE(R)3-2W+1157 ovU7709110
10/12/2013WACHA(R)LA DODGERSKERSHAW(L)1-0W+1256 unU221560
10/14/2013WAINWRIGHT(R)@ LA DODGERSRYU(L)0-3L-1156.5 ovU440950
10/15/2013LYNN(R)@ LA DODGERSNOLASCO(R)4-2W1207 ovU690851
10/16/2013KELLY(R)@ LA DODGERSGREINKE(R)4-6L1557 unO1050920
10/18/2013WACHA(R)LA DODGERSKERSHAW(L)9-0W+1205.5 ovO1380221
10/27/2013 BOSTON  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
10/12/2013LESTER(L)DETROITSANCHEZ(R)0-1L-1357.5 ovU1819120
10/13/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)DETROITSCHERZER(R)6-5W-1307 ovO741861
10/15/2013LACKEY(R)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R)1-0W1357 ovU440671
10/16/2013PEAVY(R)@ DETROITFISTER(R)3-7L1007.5 unO12100960
10/17/2013LESTER(L)@ DETROITSANCHEZ(R)4-3W1057 unP10801061
10/19/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)DETROITSCHERZER(R)5-2W-1057 ovP551871
10/27/2013 @ ST LOUIS  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Updates Updates with rainbow sighting. New photos. With AP Photos.)

*Cardinals-Red Sox Preview* ===========================

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer

St. Louis (97-65) at Boston (97-65), 8:07 p.m. EDT

BOSTON (AP) -- Lance Lynn squeezed through a door leading into the Green Monster, shimmied along a cramped space behind the famed left-field wall and peered out a tiny metal slot in the Fenway Park scoreboard.

"A little snug for me," the burly St. Louis pitcher said.

Plenty of Cardinals got their first look at the century-old ballpark during a workout Tuesday, a day before they opened the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox saw a neat sight, too. As they took batting practice at dusk, a giant, vibrant rainbow formed high in the sky beyond center field. Slugger David Ortiz noticed.

"Oh, yeah," he said. "It's a Dominican thing."

Whatever, Big Papi. Something special always seems to happen when the Redbirds and Red Sox meet, from Stan the Man vs. the Splendid Splinter, to Gibby vs. Yaz, to Pedro vs. Pujols.

Now, they're set to meet for the fourth time in "that Octobery kind of air," as Cardinals Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright described it.

Jon Lester will oppose him Wednesday night, facing a lineup that got a late boost. Allen Craig, who hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position but hasn't played since Sept. 4 because of sprained left foot, is set to return.

"I feel like I'm in a good spot," said the cleanup man, who will be the Cardinals' designated hitter.

Weather could be a factor. Temperatures are supposed to dip into the low 40s and rain is in the forecast.

Boston was listed as a slim favorite in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven't met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds.

"It will be exciting to see some unfamiliar faces," he said.

Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and many of their scraggly Boston teammates figure to get a good look at the Cardinals' crop of young arms, led by postseason ace Michael Wacha and relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist.

Ortiz is the link to the Red Sox team that swept St. Louis in the 2004 Series - Boston never trailed at any point - and ended an 86-year championship drought.

"Obviously I'm aware of the history of the two teams," Ellsbury said. "Once the first pitch happens, all that goes out the window."

The Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years. St. Louis is aiming to take its second title in three years and third in eight seasons.

"Some of us have some pretty bad memories of being here in 2004, and we're looking to kind of right that ship," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

Matheny was the Cardinals' catcher that year, backed up by rookie Yadier Molina. Now Molina is considered the best defensive catcher in baseball, charged with trying to stop Ellsbury and a Red Sox team that's run a lot in the postseason.

"It's fun to be part of this history, to be here in Fenway Park, to be part of this Series against Boston," Molina said.

"It's different to play here overall. Playing defense, offense, pitching. It's different, but at the same time it's fun," he said.

David Freese grew up in St. Louis and became MVP of the 2011 Series. He heard about Stan Musial vs. Ted Williams in 1946, knew about Bob Gibson facing Carl Yastrzemski in `67 and recalled watching on TV when Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke fielded Edgar Renteria's tapper to finish off 2004.

"I remember the comebacker that ended it. The sweep. You don't expect a World Series to end in four games," the 30-year-old third baseman said.

Freese said he'd always hoped to get a chance to play at Fenway, and he got his first look Tuesday.

After Matheny stood near the mound and pointed out the particulars of the dirt triangle in center field, Freese stepped in for batting practice. He launched a long drive that hit high off the Green Monster in left-center, the loud thwack echoing all around the ballpark.

"That's my Wall ball," he hooted to teammate Matt Holliday.

Good for a hitter, maybe not so great for a pitcher.

"A ballgame can change with one swing of the bat in this ballpark," said Wacha, who also climbed into the wall. "It's pretty crazy. Crazy dimensions, that's for sure."

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