|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
BOSTON ( LESTER )
|World Series - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|951||ST LOUIS||+115||Ov 7,-125||+110||Ov 7,-115|
|952||BOSTON||-125||Un 7,+105||-120||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-25||-10.6||20-24||3.9||0.246||0.304||3.6||0.243||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-4||3.9||0.220||0.285||2.0||0.216||0.255|
|vs Right-handed Starters||69-46||+14.4||56-53||5.3||0.274||0.344||4.1||0.249||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-3||3.1||0.203||0.286||2.7||0.246||0.301|
|10/11/2013||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-2||W||+115||7 ov||U||7||7||0||9||11||0|
|10/12/2013||WACHA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-0||W||+125||6 un||U||2||2||1||5||6||0|
|10/14/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||0-3||L||-115||6.5 ov||U||4||4||0||9||5||0|
|10/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-2||W||120||7 ov||U||6||9||0||8||5||1|
|10/16/2013||KELLY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||155||7 un||O||10||5||0||9||2||0|
|10/18/2013||WACHA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||9-0||W||+120||5.5 ov||O||13||8||0||2||2||1|
|10/23/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|10/24/2013||WACHA(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|10/27/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|10/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-0||W||135||7 ov||U||4||4||0||6||7||1|
|10/16/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-7||L||100||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||9||6||0|
|10/17/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||4-3||W||105||7 un||P||10||8||0||10||6||1|
|10/23/2013||LESTER(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|10/24/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|10/26/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|10/27/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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."
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:28:51 PM EST|