|ST LOUIS ( WACHA )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|World Series - Best of 7 - Game 6 - BOS leads 3-2|
|961||ST LOUIS||+105||Ov 7,+110||+105||Ov 7,+110|
|962||BOSTON||-115||Un 7,-130||-115||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||84-45||+26.2||66-58||5.0||0.272||0.331||3.6||0.245||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||3.7||0.250||0.300||3.9||0.199||0.250|
|vs Right-handed Starters||72-48||+15.4||58-56||5.2||0.271||0.341||4.1||0.248||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-3||4.3||0.213||0.280||2.6||0.235||0.290|
|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|
|10/30/2013||WACHA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|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)||4-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||6||8||0|
|10/28/2013||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-1||W||115||6.5 un||U||9||5||0||4||2||0|
|10/30/2013||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Corrects to centenarian in 8th paragraph. With AP Photos.)
*Cardinals-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer
St. Louis (97-65) at Boston (97-65), 8:07 p.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) -- Ted Williams never did it. Not Carl Yastrzemski. Not Carlton Fisk. Not even Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, who ended The Curse nearly a decade ago but did it on the road.
Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
When the Red Sox last won a World Series at home, Babe Ruth, Carl Mays and Harry Hooper were the stars in September 1918, a season cut short by World War I. Ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2, this year's Red Sox have two chances to reward their faithful.
"It would be awesome," said John Lackey, who starts Game 6 on Wednesday night against Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha.
Fenway was just a kid the last time the Red Sox took the title there, a modern 6-year-old ballpark. A crowd of 15,238 watched the Red Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 to win the Series in six games.
"It was a ball game that nobody who was present will forget. It left too many lasting impressions," Edward F. Martin wrote the following day in the Boston Globe.
That was so long ago that Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States, television hadn't been invented and the designated hitter didn't exist. There were 16 major league teams - none west of St. Louis - all games were played in the daytime and the NFL was 23 months from formation.
Now, Fenway Park is a centenarian, the oldest home in the majors and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The last time a World Series Game 6 was played between Lansdowne and Van Ness Streets was in 1975, the night Fisk sent Pat Darcy's second pitch of the 12th inning high down the left-field line and waved his arms three times, urging the ball fair, before it clanked off the yellow foul pole atop the Green Monster.
"I was just wishing and hoping," Fisk recalled in 2005. "Maybe by doing it, you know, you ask something of somebody with a higher power. I like to think that if I didn't wave, it would have gone foul."
Boston needed that 7-6 win to force a seventh game against Cincinnati, and the Red Sox went on to lose the following night.
Now, they are one win from setting off a Boston Glee Party.
"With no disrespect to history or to Carlton, you know, it's an iconic video and a highlight that is shown repeatedly, and one of the more memorable swings that probably has taken place in this ballpark," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday, "but hopefully there's somebody tomorrow night that can wave their arms just the same."
Boston swept the Series in 2004 and `07, starting at home and winning titles at St. Louis and Colorado. Given the length of time since the last championship clincher at Fenway, there is a seemingly insatiable demand for the just over 38,000 tickets.
As of early Wednesday, the cheapest of 1,200 or so ducats for sale on Stubhub.com was for standing room on the third-base side at $997.50. A dugout box seat was available for $12,322.
"I don't know what happened in 1918, but tomorrow we're going to try and make it happen, make people proud and happy in the city of Boston and New England," David Ortiz said. "I guarantee it's going to be wild."
Ortiz's performance in the World Series has been better than Ruthian. He's batting .733 (11 for 15) with two homers, six RBIs, four walks and a sacrifice fly, and has one-third of Boston's hits.
"That's why we call him `Cooperstown,"' Game 5 star David Ross said, "because he does Hall of Fame stuff."
While the Red Sox went through a light workout at Fenway Park on a cool autumn afternoon, the Cardinals tried to maintain their cool as they got stuck in St. Louis, joined by their families on a charter flight delayed several hours by mechanical difficulties.
"Fortunately we have plenty of food, snacks for the kids, lots of entertainment with on-board movies, and everybody travels with all their high-tech stuff," manager Mike Matheny said. "Most of these kids are pretty happy that they're not in school right now, and it's a great way to spend a day."
The plane took off about 9:10 p.m. EDT after a delay that appeared to last around 6 hours and landed shortly after 11 p.m.
Farrell made a bit of news, saying Ross will get his fourth Series start behind the plate in place of slumping Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
"David has given us a spark offensively out of the position," the manager said.
Shane Victorino is expected to return to right field after missing two games due to a bad back, and Game 4 star Jonny Gomes will start in left over Daniel Nava. With the shift back to the American League ballpark, Mike Napoli returns to first base and Ortiz to designated hitter.
Playing with a foot injury, Allen Craig will be the DH for St. Louis. Trying for their second title in three seasons, the Cardinals have high confidence in Wacha, a 22-year-old rookie who has won all four of his postseason starts, allowing three earned runs in 27 innings.
"I imagine it's going to be crazy, but I'm not going to pay any attention to it," Wacha said.
Boston doesn't want the Series to reach a seventh game on Halloween night, which likely would be started by Jake Peavy, who has a 7.11 ERA in this postseason. St. Louis would start Joe Kelly, who pitched well in Game 3 but didn't get a decision.
Ortiz, the last remaining veteran from the 2004 title, wants to make sure fans can start the hullabaloo.
"Hopefully this will get over tomorrow, and they'll get to enjoy it like they always do," he said. "Party time."
NOTES: Forty-one of 62 previous teams with 3-2 World Series leads won the title, including 24 in Game 6. ... Since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates won Games 6 and 7 in Baltimore, six straight teams have failed to overcome 3-2 deficits on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:43:12 AM EST|