|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|World Series - Best of 7 - Game 4 - STL leads 2-1|
|957||BOSTON||+100||Ov 7.5,+100||+100||Ov 7.5,+100|
|958||ST LOUIS||-110||Un 7.5,-120||-110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||70-48||+13.2||58-54||5.3||0.272||0.342||4.1||0.249||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-2||3.9||0.213||0.270||3.1||0.257||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||84-44||+27.2||66-57||5.1||0.272||0.332||3.6||0.246||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||4-3||3.9||0.251||0.310||3.6||0.210||0.254|
|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)||8-1||W||-120||7 ev||O||8||4||1||7||6||1|
|10/24/2013||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||4||6||1||7||6||1|
|10/26/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-5||L||-105||7 ov||O||6||6||1||12||12||0|
|10/27/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|10/28/2013||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|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)||1-8||L||110||7 ev||O||7||6||1||8||4||1|
|10/24/2013||WACHA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||4-2||W||105||7 ov||U||7||6||1||4||6||1|
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BOSTON-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS info on last Series game to end on error)
*Red Sox-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Boston (97-65) at St. Louis (97-65), 8:15 p.m. EDT
Clay Buchholz may not be fully healthy, but the way he sees it, no player is by the time the World Series rolls around.
"I've said it a couple of times this year - I don't think anybody, especially at this time of the season, is 100 percent."
Boston manager John Farrell hopes his Game 4 starter can muster a solid performance despite a bum right shoulder Sunday night at Busch Stadium as the Red Sox look to even their series with the St. Louis Cardinals at two games apiece.
There's no question Buchholz is hurting, and he's not denying it, either. After going 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 regular-season starts, the right-hander has no record with a 5.40 ERA in three postseason outings and hasn't completed six innings in each of the last two.
Farrell, who inserted Buchholz into this spot in the rotation specifically to prevent him from starting more than once during the World Series, still has been impressed with how Buchholz has pitched through the injury.
Both insist the current pain is unrelated to the shoulder strain that kept Buchholz out three months during the regular season.
"We go into (Sunday) thinking that he's going to give us what he's been in the postseason," Farrell said. "That might be a little bit shorter of an outing than maybe we've seen back in April and May, but he's also been very effective."
Buchholz will be pitching on plenty of rest after giving up two runs and striking out four in five innings as Boston clinched the pennant with a 5-2 win over Detroit in Game 6 of the AL championship series Oct. 19. He won each of his three starts while posting a 0.53 ERA pitching on at least six days rest in the regular season.
"Giving the team a chance to win, that's my goal," said Buchholz, who is 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA in eight road starts, including the playoffs. "And to trust your pitches and to throw them to the best of your ability, that's what I've worked up to up to this point, and that's where I'm at."
The Red Sox, though, trail in the series after a bizarre ending to Saturday's Game 3. After Dustin Pedroia's stellar diving play led to Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina being tagged out a home plate for the second out of the ninth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempted to throw out Allen Craig at third base.
Will Middlebrooks dove for the errant throw that bounced down the left-field line, then subsequently tripped Craig, who was trying to sprint home. The umpires called Middlebrooks for obstruction, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory and the series lead.
It was the first World Series game to end on an error since Game 6 in 1986, when the Red Sox lost to the New York Mets.
"Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance," Farrell said. "When Craig trips over him, I guess by the letter of the rule, you could say it's obstruction. Like I said, that's a tough pill to swallow."
Molina went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Matt Holliday had a two-run double in the first and finished with three RBIs for the Cardinals. Daniel Nava drove in two runs for the Red Sox.
"It's part of the game," Holliday said. "The guy was in his way. ... We'll take it."
St. Louis looks to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with help from Lance Lynn, who will be pitching on 11 days rest.
The right-hander, 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance this postseason, last took the mound when he allowed two runs and struck out five in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
"I've been able to do things in between starts, and being ... able to work on things that you need to do to be ready," Lynn said. "The rest, most of the time, just helps."
Lynn will be making his franchise-record 20th postseason appearance, though the 26-year-old is just 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in four starts. He went 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 33 regular-season outings.
"I think he's one of the guys that gets overlooked as we start talking about the youth of the staff," manager Mike Matheny said. "Lance is a guy that won 18 games for us last season and has done well in the postseason, and he does carry himself like a guy that's been around a while. But I believe he's still a young pitcher and still learning, still adapting."
Lynn went 9-3 with a 2.82 ERA at Busch Stadium in the regular season.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:15:27 PM EST|